NDSU Prepared for Monday Night Road Test at Kansas State

North Dakota State (2-3) is set to travel to Kansas State (6-1) on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.
Radio: The contest will be available on The City 94.5 FM with Keith Brake on the call.
Watch: The contest will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ for subscribers. Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Kelsey Bigelow (sideline) will have the call.
GoBison.com: Live statistics, audio and video links are available on GoBison.com.

  • NDSU enters the week with a 2-3 overall record.
  • The Bison earned their first home win of the season after topping Dickinson State, 95-42, last Tuesday night at Scheels Center.
  • NDSU is 1-1 on the road this season.
  • Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record and are 6-0 in home games.
  • Ryan Cobbins (15.0) and Heaven Hamling (14.0) are both averaging double figures in scoring to pace the Bison through five games.
  • The Bison rank 10th in the nation in free throws made with 92.

NDSU earned its first home win of the season after rolling past Dickinson State last week, 95-42. The Bison tallied a season-high 95 points with six different players reaching double figures in the scoring column. It marked the most points NDSU has scored in a game since 2019. Heaven Hamling led the way with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.
Under third year head coach Jory Collins, NDSU is 1-3 against Power 5 opponents. Last season, NDSU went on the road and upended Kansas, 72-69. Heaven Hamling paced the Bison with 14 points, while Emily Dietz added in 11 points of her own.
Ryan Cobbins is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and attended Piper High School.
• Head coach Jory Collins is originally from Holton, Kan., and spent 12 years at Emporia State, including eight seasons as the head coach. He also spent one season at Kansas as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
• Assistant coach Dylan Geissert is a native of Herington, Kan. and also had stints at Kansas and Emporia State.
• Assistant coach Brooke Costley played and spent time as an assistant coach at Emporia State.
The Bison created a season-high 21 steals in the win over Dickinson State, which is tied for the fourth most in program history in a single game. It also marked the most steals since NDSU posted 20 against Valley City State on Jan. 17, 2006.
Through the first five games of the season, NDSU has proven to be one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country. The Bison have netted 92 free throws, which ranks 10th in the nation.
NDSU netted a season-high 95 points in the win over Dickinson State. It marked the most points the Bison have scored in a single game since NDSU tallied 97 at Mayville State on Dec. 15, 2019.
Ryan Cobbins is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game and has tallied double figures in scoring in all five games this season. She’s shooting a team-high 58.5 percent (24-41) from the field. Cobbins is also making an impact on the defensive side of the floor grabbing 22 total rebounds, which ranks tied for second on the team.
Cobbins is shooting a team-best 66.7 percent (10-15) from behind the arc, which leads the Summit league and ranks third in the nation.
Kylie Strop provided a spark off the bench in the win over Dickinson State. The River Falls, Wis., native registered career-highs in points (17), assists (6) and rebounds (5) over a career-best 24 minutes of action.
Emily Dietz is back for her fifth season and looking to leave her mark in the Bison record book with plenty of milestones within reach. Last season, she became the 31st player in school history, and fifth during the NCAA Division I era, to join the 800 points/500 rebounds club. The Fargo native has also played in 107 games with 87 starts over five seasons
She ranks in the top 50 in Bison history in games started (14th, 87), rebounds (23rd, 562), blocked shots (t-32nd, 37), field goals made (36th, 375), scoring (42nd, 929) and games played (47th, 107).
Of the five newcomers on the roster this season, Katie Hildebrandt and Abbey Kubas are the only ones to see action so far this season. Kubas made her Bison debut in the win over Dickinson State and contributed one rebound and one assist. Hildebrandt has seen playing time in four games and notched a season-best 10 points against Dickinson State.
Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record, including a 6-0 mark at home this season. In their most recent contest, the Wildcats topped Northwestern State, 70-36, on Saturday afternoon. Kansas State has notched 38 total blocked shots, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Wildcats are also positioned 16th in the country in blocked shots per game averaging 6.3.
This will mark only the third all-time meeting between the Bison and Wildcats dating back to 1985 with Kansas State leading the series, 2-0. In the most recent meeting in 2011, the Wildcats edged the Bison, 70-47, at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
NDSU will take on Bradley (3-2) at Scheels Center on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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5 Reasons To Visit The Hometown Of Paul Rudd: Lenexa, Kansas

Straddling the states of Kansas and Missouri, the Kansas City metropolitan area is home to more fountains than Rome, more boulevards than Paris, and two million of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The Barbeque Capital of the World is also proud to be the home of designer Kate Spade, author Gillian Flynn, and actor Jason Sudeikis. 

And now my favorite cowtown — the whole Kansas City metro — is delighted to be the home of People’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive

Whether he first caught your eye as Josh, Cher’s step-brother, in the movie Clueless, or more recently as Marvel superhero Ant-Man, there’s a good chance Paul Rudd’s charming smile and unassuming good looks made your heart skip a beat. If not, this author thinks you’re probably lying.

Born in New Jersey, Paul Rudd moved to the suburban KC town of Lenexa, Kansas, when he was 10 years old. It was in this town of 56,000, about 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, that he attended Broadmoor Junior High and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School (with several of my fellow Class of 1987 friends). He then attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence. 

Whether you admire him for his acting skills, writing talent, or good looks, here are six reasons you’ll want to visit Paul Rudd’s hometown — meaning both Lenexa and the wider Kansas City area.

Z-Man Sandwich from Joe's Kansas City Barbecue, which has multiple locations in the Kansas City metro.
Z-Man Sandwich from Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue, which has multiple locations in the Kansas City metro (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

1. Enjoy The World’s Best Barbeque

Home to nearly 100 barbeque joints, Kansas City’s name has been synonymous with slow-cooked, smoked, and grilled meat for more than a century. If you visit in June, stick close to Paul Rudd’s suburban home by sampling the delicious talent on display at the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, or sink your teeth into saucy ribs and tender chunks of burnt ends at Zarda and Hayward’s BBQ (in nearby Shawnee) year round. You can also take your tastebuds on a trip farther beyond Lenexa with these seven popular Kansas City–area barbeque restaurants and a trip to the Barbeque Hall of Fame.

Pro Tip: While the barbeque in Kansas City is out of this world, here are 10 additional reasons to visit.

2. If You’re Still Hungry, Try Some Chili (And More)

That’s right — every year, Lenexa hosts a Chili Challenge, and it’s more than just a chilli cookoff. Upwards of 200 teams compete in chili, salsa, and hot wing–making contests, all vying for the Grand Championship. It’s a tasty time for all attendees.

If you need a drink, head to Limitless Brewing, which hosts live music, trivia nights, and always offers a spread of interesting brews, from hazy IPAs to cream ales.

3. Cheer For Paul’s Favorite Sports Teams

Like many residents of the Kansas City metro area, Paul Rudd is a big fan of its professional baseball and football teams. Enjoy a ballpark hot dog and cold beer on a sunny summer day while cheering on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, or step into the loudest sports stadium in the world by adding your voice to the roar of Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead. Both are on the Missouri side. If you visit Kansas City during college basketball season, take a road trip to Lawrence, Kansas, and wave the wheat while supporting Paul Rudd’s beloved Kansas Jayhawks. 

Pro Tip: While Paul Rudd didn’t appear in any episodes, here’s how to continue a star-struck adventure in Kansas City like the Fab Five from Queer Eye.

The Plaza Lights, a holiday light display in the popular Kansas City shopping district.
The Plaza Lights, a holiday light display in the popular Kansas City shopping district (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

4. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Filling 15 blocks with Seville-inspired architecture, flowing fountains, and impressive sculptures, Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza was the first suburban shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. 

If you visit Kansas City in September, don’t miss the Plaza Art Fair. For one amazing weekend, nine blocks of the Plaza are blocked from motorized traffic so that painters, potters, photographers, and other artists can display their art. Incorporated into the experience are food and drink stands and live music.

And if you visit Kansas City between Thanksgiving and mid-January, the Plaza Lights are one of the best holiday experiences in Kansas City. What started as a single strand of 16 rainbow-colored lights strung above a doorway in 1925 has evolved to more than 80 miles of multi-colored bulbs outlining every window and tower of the Country Club Plaza.

Pro Tip: These are the best places to photograph the Country Club Plaza Lights in Kansas City.

5. Enjoy Unique Tours And Fun Scavenger Hunts

From an urban hike that shares the history of Kansas City in a unique way to a segway tour that winds past Kansas City’s most famous landmarks and most beautiful fountains, Paul Rudd’s hometown is full of unique tours. Learn about the town’s gangster past, admire amazing street art, and eat (and drink) your way through the City of Fountains with these unique Kansas City tour experiences and scavenger hunts.

Paul Rudd at the annual Big Slick fundraiser.
Paul Rudd at the annual Big Slick fundraiser (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

6. Fangirl While Supporting A Great Cause

Get a glimpse of the Sexiest Man Alive while supporting a great cause by visiting Paul Rudd’s hometown during the annual Big Slick fundraiser. Founded in 2010 as a celebrity poker tournament, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend has grown to so much more. In partnership with fellow Kansas Citians Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and Eric Stonestreet, the event attracts stars from around the country for an action-packed weekend in Kansas City that features celebrity tournaments, a live auction, and more. Enjoy a star-studded softball game before the Kansas City Royals take the field, fill the street at the Big Slick Block Party, or sit back and enjoy the show at the T-Mobile Center while raising money for Children’s Mercy.

Whether it’s delicious barbeque, the cheer of the crowd, upscale boutiques, an interactive tour, or charitable cause, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the home of the newly crowned Sexiest Man Alive.

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Lawrence Vs. Manhattan, Kansas: 8 Key Differences

Traveling west from Kansas City, the bustling urban area that straddles the states of Missouri and Kansas quickly morphs into rolling prairie accented with picturesque barns, herds of cows, and (depending on when you visit) colorful wildflowers. Headed in this direction, you’ll find yourself first in Lawrence and then in Manhattan. 

Home to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, respectively, both are great college towns that aren’t too small or too big, and they’re full of friendly Midwesterners. Here’s how Lawrence and Manhattan compare. 

Pro Tip: If you’re visiting Lawrence and Manhattan on an I-70 road trip from Kansas City to Hays, be sure to add these tasty stops to your itinerary.

1. Getting There

Traveling west on I-70, Lawrence is about 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City. Note that a good portion of this drive is on the Kansas Turnpike, a toll road, so if you want to take the scenic route, you can pick up KS 32 in Bonner Springs. It only takes about 10 minutes longer, and it is often more scenic.

Manhattan is another 90 minutes west of Lawrence. While most of the journey is a straight shot on I-70, Manhattan isn’t right off the Interstate like Lawrence. Visiting this college town is a bit more of a commitment because you’ll have to travel about nine miles north of I-70 on KS 177 (also named the Bill Snyder Highway after K-State’s legendary football coach) to reach Manhattan. If you’re visiting Manhattan from Kansas City, the Kansas Turnpike mentioned above stretches from Bonner Springs to Topeka, but you can avoid it by taking U.S. 40 and U.S. 24 between those two cities before picking up I-70 in Topeka.

2. What’s In A Name?

With a name like New York City’s most densely populated borough, you may be wondering if there’s a link between the Kansas college town of Manhattan and the Big Apple. There is! The settlers who established the town in 1850 were sponsored by the New England Emigrant Aid Company and named it after the larger, better-known city back east.

Lawrence also has a link to the Northeast. The son of Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Lawrence helped fund the New England Emigrant Aid Company. So another group of pioneers traveling westward in the 1850s to what is now Kansas named this college town after him.

Fun Fact: In a nod to its much more famous namesake, Manhattan’s nickname is The Little Apple. Meanwhile, folks affectionately call Lawrence “LFK” (and yes, the “F” stands for what you think it does).

3. Population 

With about 100,000 residents, Lawrence is the sixth-largest city in Kansas. Manhattan’s population is around 55,000, putting it three spots below Lawrence on the biggest cities in Kansas list. As college towns, both Lawrence and Manhattan see a spike in August as students arrive at their respective universities. And in mid-May when the strains of Pomp and Circumstance fill the air and cars are loaded to the brim, both towns suddenly feel much quieter and less crowded as students head home for the summer months.

Jay and Baby Jay, the KU Mascots.
Jay and Baby Jay, the KU Mascots (Photo Credit: eXplore Lawrence)

4. Jayhawks Vs. Wildcats

Like in many regions from coast to coast, University of Kansas and Kansas State University are rival schools. And, in full disclosure, I’m the daughter of a K-State graduate, the mother of a K-State graduate, and an alumna who will forever have fond memories of the years I spent in “Manhappiness.” However, I did live in Lawrence for several years after graduate school (even though you’ll never catch me in KU gear).

Sage with the Willie the Wildcat statue in the K-State Union, Manhattan, Kansas.
Sage with the Willie the Wildcat statue in the K-State Union (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

Enrollment at KU is about 28,000 students, which doesn’t include its medical school and research hospital in Kansas City. The school mascot is a Jayhawk, a fictional bird based on Kansans who would cross the state line into Missouri, steal enslaved people, and bring them back to Kansas, the Free State. 

When you visit Lawrence, Kansas, you’re sure to see a lot of royal blue and crimson shirts, especially packed into Allen Fieldhouse “waving the wheat” during basketball season. KU students and alums are tremendously proud of the team’s national titles and strong program. If you’re visiting outside of basketball season, or the team has an away game, you can still tour the DeBruce Center, which includes a glimpse of Dr. James Naismith’s original rules for the sport.

In Manhattan, K-State students number about 22,000, and when you visit, expect to see a sea of royal purple. As the Sunflower State’s land-grant college, it’s well-known for its agriculture, horticulture, and veterinary programs. The school’s mascot is Willie the Wildcat, who can be seen doing push-ups when K-State scores during football season.

Both schools tout famous alumni. KU alums you might recognize include actors Don Johnson and Paul Rudd, politician Bob Dole, and fashion designer Kate Spade. Well-known K-State alums include actor Eric Stonestreet, environmental activist Erin Brockovich, presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, and Earl Woods, father of golf legend Tiger Woods.

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas.
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (Photo Credit: eXplore Lawrence)

Pro Tip: You can visit the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and so much more when you spend the weekend in Lawrence, Kansas. And here are the best things to do in Manhattan, Kansas.

5. Mass Street Vs. Aggieville

The best college towns often include an area near campus with quiet bookstores, local coffee shops, cozy cafes, and lively bars — and both Lawrence and Manhattan deliver.

Although it is a few blocks away from campus, Massachusetts Street (known locally as Mass Street) serves this role in Lawrence. The epicenter of Mass Street activity begins just north of the park around 11th St. and stretches to 6th St., where the road prepares to cross the Kansas River. 

Kick off your time in Lawrence with breakfast or brunch at The Roost, and re-caffeinate as needed at Alchemy Coffee & Bake House. If you’re craving pizza, be sure to stop by Limestone, where everything is made from scratch. Dig into a filling sandwich at Quinton’s, or put delicious craft beer ahead of food at Free State Brewing Co. Whatever you choose, be sure to top things off with a scoop of ice cream (or two) from Sylas & Maddy’s.

In Manhattan, a six-block area adjacent to K-State known as Aggieville is the heart of off-campus activity. Anchored by Varsity Theater (which has housed non-cinema businesses since the 1980s and is currently a two-story Rally House filled with Wildcat merchandise and more), the main drag through Aggieville is Moro St.

Donut from Varsity Donuts in Manhattan, Kansas.
Varsity Donuts (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

Enjoy coffee and breakfast at Public Hall, browse the unique items for sale at ACME gift, pair a pour with some sunshine at Johnny Kaw’s Yard Bar, enjoy an away game with the crowd at Tanner’s, or dig into barbecue pulled pork mac ‘n cheese at Kite’s Bar & Grill. Whether you start your day with fresh donuts or wrap up a night of partying in the ’Ville with a stop at the food truck out back, no trip to Manhattan is complete without visiting Varsity Donuts.

Pro Tip: Although it’s not in Aggieville, the Call Hall Dairy Bar serves the best ice cream in Manhattan. Made with farm-fresh ingredients at the ag school, K-State students whip up and serve more than 20,000 gallons of ice cream each year. Be sure to try K-State’s signature flavor, Purple Pride, with fresh blueberries providing the perfect purple color.

6. The Kaw And Johnny Kaw

When you visit Kansas, you may hear people talking about the “Kaw.” It took me quite some time after moving to Northeast Kansas to realize that’s a nickname for the Kansas River and not an additional river in the region.

While in Manhattan, you may hear a lot about Johnny Kaw. He’s a fictional character created by K-State horticultural professor Dr. George Filinger in 1955. While this burly, larger-than-life character was busy creating the Kansas prairie and forging trails for pioneers traveling westward to the Sunflower State, his pets — a jayhawk and a wildcat — fought like cats and dogs. Their brawls were so intense that they started the Dust Bowl in one of Dr. Filinger’s tall tales.

Downtown Lawrence, Kansas.
Downtown Lawrence, Kansas (Photo Credit: eXplore Lawrence)

7. Vibe

While both Lawrence and Manhattan possess the energy you’d expect from a Midwestern college town, Lawrence has long been considered “a blue dot in a red state.” Overall, Kansas has roughly two times more registered Republicans than Democrats, but Lawrence’s Douglas County is the only one in the state with more registered Democrats.

In the Swinging Sixties, in large part due to the student population at KU, Lawrence was the focal point for social change in Kansas. When you visit today, expect a more socially conscious, environmentally observant, and liberal-minded experience than elsewhere in the state.

Manhattan is just a short drive from Fort Riley, a 150-year-old military post that is home to the “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division and one of the largest infantry training facilities in the United States. Although Manhattan’s Riley County is close to a 50/50 split between registered Republicans and Democrats, expect a slightly more conservative vibe than in Lawrence, especially away from the K-State campus.

Pro Tip: If you love Lawrence and Manhattan, don’t miss these small towns in Kansas.

Chimpanzee at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.
Chimpanzee at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan (Photo Credit: Sage Scott)

8. Things To Do And See

Round out your time in Lawrence by exploring a few of its most popular attractions. In addition to the Dole Institute of Politics and Booth Family Hall of Athletics, I suggest visiting the Spencer Museum of Art and Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum. Both are small but impressive museums on the University of Kansas campus. 

In Manhattan, the Flint Hills Discovery Center teaches visitors about the region’s flinty limestone, smooth shale, and last unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. Or, you can experience the beauty of the Flint Hills firsthand by hiking the 2.6-mile Konza Prairie Nature Trail. Less strenuous outdoor activities include strolling through the Gardens at Kansas State University or visiting the Sunset Zoo.

Whether you “rock chalk” or bleed purple, you’re sure to enjoy both of these great Midwestern college towns!

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Experts in Herpetology travel to Southeast Kansas to discuss newest discoveries | KSNF/KODE

PITTSBURG, Ks. — A big part of any habitat are the creatures that make up the ecosystem.

Recently experts made their way to the Four States to discuss new research into the study of amphibians and reptiles, or herpetology.

It’s a time where some of the greatest minds in the field can analyze all the progress that’s been made, and help shape the minds of those on the forefront of some amazing discoveries.

“Pittsburg State University is hosting the conference this year, it’s our 48th annual meeting,” says Andrew George, Kansas Herpetology Society President, “everybody’s glad to be back, we haven’t been able to have an in-person meeting since 2019 because of the pandemic.”

Members of the Kansas Herpetological Society arrived in Pittsburg over the weekend.

Experts discussed the newest findings on amphibians and reptiles from professors, researchers and students across the country.

“A lot of the presentations are a culmination of a lot of hard work,” says George, “This is a fantastic opportunity for an outlet for the research, they’re learning how to do research, they’re learning about these organisms.”

One of the presenters was PSU sophomore Taylor Michael, who’s been researching the way geography affects chorus frog species variation to the North and South of Kansas.

Michael says, “The two species, they’re almost impossible to tell based on morphological features…Kind of like body features, patterns on the back, leg length, head width, measurements of the body…The only way you can tell them apart is their call, so the way they sound…But we’re starting to see in our area, overlap between those two species, where it’s hard to tell them apart morphologically and based off their call.”

This overlap could mean the emergence of an entirely new chorus frog in the Four States.

“If we were able to prove that they are hybridizing, and maybe even a speciation of that is starting to occur, where these two species are hybridizing and forming a new species of their own,” says Michael.

She plans to continue her research in the future, finetuning it with the help of other universities and experts like Dr. Emily Lemmon.

“She was really impressed with my work, very happy that I was interested in it, and she gave me some advice on what I can do, take more measurements, get some call logs, and that was just really great to get to hear from the author that inspired all of this research, that was really, really cool,” says Michael.

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13 Unique Tours To Experience In Kansas City

My wife and I visit Kansas City a lot. It’s about a 3-hour drive from Omaha, so it makes for a fun and accessible getaway. It can also create challenging ways to view a city we’ve come to know well over the years. My brother-in-law once joked (I think) that I know my way around the KC area better than he does.

We enjoy exploring Kansas City’s neighborhoods, dining scene, and history, among other fun attractions. As my wife, Lisa, and I plan our visits to the City of Fountains, we strive to find something new or unique to try. So, signing up for guided tours offers an opportunity to see Kansas City through someone else’s eyes. From a gangster tour to local coffee shops, city tours are an excellent way to see something new and learn new things about an area’s history.

Here’s a look at a baker’s dozen of tours to help you explore Kansas City.

Alley murals in the Crossroads District with Urban Hikes KC
Alley murals in the Crossroads District with Urban Hikes KC (Photo Credit: Tim Trudell)

1. Urban Hikes KC

Whether you’re an art fan or history buff, Urban Hikes KC combines Kansas City attractions with a little exercise. Each hike covers 3 to 4 miles while including stops such as Crossroad Art District’s galleries, museums, and alley murals, or the history of Kansas City (Kansas), the ethnic groups calling the famous Strawberry Hill area home, and its beautiful historic murals. With 11 urban hikes available, there’s much to explore, including making your own pottery.

2. KC Fun Tours

Hop aboard a historic trolley for a 75-minute cruise through Kansas City’s history. Sit back and relax and learn about some of the city’s impressive history while enjoying its beautiful architecture during your adventure with KC Fun Tours. Among the history you can expect to learn about includes Union Station and City Market, Kansas City’s year-round farmer’s market. KC Fun Tours is perfect for seasonal celebrations, such as Country Club Plaza’s holiday lights. The Crazy Little Women Tour offers a two-hour look at some of the great women who have influenced the city’s history. 

Pro Tip: Open seasonally March-December, the tour starts and ends at the historic Union Station.

3. KC Barbecue Tours

Of course, Kansas City has a barbecue tour. With more than 100 barbecue joints, KC Barbecue Tours takes you beyond the well-known eateries, offering a look at — and taste of — some of the off-the-beaten path barbecue restaurants in the metropolitan area. Tours typically visit four spots, with each providing delicious samples and water. Adult beverages can always be purchased during stops. The family-friendly tour includes transportation to each restaurant. KC Barbecue Tours also offers private tours.

Pro Tip: If you have dietary restrictions, let KC Barbecue Tours know in advance, so it can do its best to accommodate them. Vegetarian and vegan options will be limited.

DC-3 plane at Roasterie Coffee Company
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4. The Roasterie Coffee Company

The historic DC-3 airplane outside The Roasterie Coffee Company’s main location hints that you’re in for a unique visit. Before sampling a delicious cup of coffee made with freshly roasted beans, enjoy a fun and informative tour of the warehouse and roasting process. An hour-long tour, which is free, takes you through a brief history of the creation of coffee — you can thank an ancient goat herder — as well as the roasting process. You’ll be salivating for a cup of brew by the end of the tour. You’ll also appreciate the work that goes into making the tasty coffee, espresso, or latte — with a cute heart or other artwork the barista adds —  at The Roasterie.

Pro Tip: The Roasterie has four other locations in the area, as well as providing coffee packages in stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Nelson Atkins Museum on KC Segway Tours
Nelson Atkins Museum on KC Segway Tours (EQRoy / Shutterstock.com)

5. KC Segway Tours

Explore Kansas City’s history and art while riding a Segway. Featuring stops at some of the city’s sites, such as Nelson Atkins Museum, Country Club Plaza, and the historic Westport neighborhood, the museum, pranks, and history is one of the fun tours offered by KC Segway Tours. Art enthusiasts enjoy touring the public art at the Nelson Atkins Museum’s sculpture garden, as well as the fountains and sculptures at Country Club Plaza. History tours include looks into the city’s train and covered wagon trails, including stops at the Liberty Memorial and 18th and Vine District. Bicycle tours are also offered, featuring tours of Kansas City’s barbecue and beer scene. 

Interior of Boulevard Brewing
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6. Boulevard Brewing Company

Learn the story behind Kansas City’s popular brewery as you traverse the Boulevard Brewing Company’s campus, watching the brew-making process. Learn about the beer’s history and what makes it so popular, not just in Kansas City, but across the country. You’ll see artifacts and memorabilia, such as ads, bottles, and bottlecaps. Each tour’s conclusion includes a sample drink. While you must be at least 21 to drink, tours are open for people seven years old and older.

Pro Tip: The majority of the brewery tour is accessible, but a few spots are stairs-only.

City Market on KC Walking Tours
Tim Trudell

7. KC Walking Tours

Explore Kansas City architecture, history, art, and even its food scene, close-up with KC Walking Tours. Lasting from 1 to 2 hours, adventures cover half-a-mile to 1.5 miles. Explore the historic River Market area, including City Market and the neighborhood’s architecture. Downtown walking tours showcase the city’s beautiful architecture and historical anecdotes. A food tour explores cuisine in the River Market, while a brewery tour covers beer joints. You can also enjoy a hop on and off streetcar tour. Each tour is led by a guide knowledgeable of city history and fun facts.

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes for the tour. KC Walking Tours will do its best to accommodate wheelchairs and walking frames on tours. Pets are not allowed on the tour.

Kansas City River Market
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8. Taste of KC Food Tours

Everyone knows Kansas City is home to great barbecue, but its culinary scene is so much more than great ribs, brisket, and burnt ends. Taste of KC Food Tours takes you on a 3-hour tour of unique local eateries in the River Market and Crossroads Art districts. Bring your appetite, as you’ll be sampling local dining spots featuring pizza, hoagies, and even international fare. Check out the Prohibition Tour, taking you to speakeasies and brothels that once thumbed their noses to the ban on alcohol and fun. You’ll also enjoy a private tour of a distillery in the 3.5-hour tour. Of course, there will be cocktails.

Pro Tip: As you travel by bus between restaurants, your guide will share fun historical facts about the area.

9. First Fridays

First Fridays celebrate Kansas City art, as galleries, studios, and museums in the Crossroads Art District open their doors, staying open late on the first Friday of the month. Enjoy a self-guided walk through the area, taking in the eclectic art scene, celebrating local artists, as well as nationally known creators. Stop in at any of the unique shops and boutiques in the district. Don’t forget to enjoy dinner at a local eatery or a drink at a bar or tasting room.

Bullet hole at the renovated train depot
Bullet hole at the renovated train depot (Photo Credit: Tim Trudell)

10. Gangster Tours

From the Kansas City “Massacre” and mobster boss Tom Pendergast’s rule, the city has seen its share of organized crime. The KC Gangster Tour starts at Union Station, site of a major shootout in 1933, when Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd and others attacked law enforcement officers escorting a colleague to jail. You can still see a bullet hole outside the renovated train depot. Learn about Kansas City’s seedy history on your 90-minute guided tour.

Pro Tip: Tours are offered each Saturday.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum (Nagel Photography / Shutterstock.com)

11. Pioneer Trails Adventures

See where President Harry S. Truman worked as a youth, the jail where outlaw brothers Jesse and Frank James were held, and first lady Bess Truman’s birthplace among the historical sites on tours offered by Pioneer Trails Adventures in Independence. Horse-drawn covered wagons take you on 20–30-minute tours of Truman’s hometown. Taking off from the National Frontier Trails Museum, Pioneer Trails Adventures also offers an hour-long city tour, holiday lights outing, and ghost tours.

Pro Tip: Combine your tour with a visit to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

Unique tastes can be found on the Kansas City Caffeine Crawl
Unique tastes can be found on the Kansas City Caffeine Crawl (Photo Credit: Caffeine Crawl)

12. Caffeine Crawl

Originating in Kansas City in 2011, Caffeine Crawl has become popular around the country. But, maintaining its roots, Caffeine Crawl traverses the city highlighting unique local coffeehouses and tea shops. Crawlers select a tour route and meet their guide at the participating locations, where they learn about the coffee shop’s history and bean roasting before sampling drinks specially created for the tour. With five to six stops, a Caffeine Crawl lasts up to five hours.

Pro Tip: You may want to bring a bottle of water along on the tour to hydrate between stops.

Hallmark crowns at the Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
Hallmark crowns at the Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center (Photo Credit: Tim Trudell)

13. Self-Guided Tours

Create your own tour of Kansas City with a self-guided tour. From exploring downtown architecture, Crossroads art, and the city’s water fountains, Kansas City is your blank canvas. How about creating your own Kansas City film tour? The neat thing about a self-guided tour is that you can mix and match attractions, such as exploring Union Station and the World War I Memorial along with the historic Crown Center and Hallmark.

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Tip times, TV set for Louisville, Kansas games

Kentucky’s 2021-22 basketball schedule is now complete.

Tip times and TV designations are set for UK’s non-conference games against Louisville and Kansas, respectively, it was announced Wednesday.

The Wildcats and Cardinals will renew its annual rivalry at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 PM ET on ESPN. The Cats and Jayhawks, meanwhile, will tip off at 6 PM ET from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Saturday, January 29. That game will also be televised on ESPN.

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Kentucky is 11-3 vs. Louisville under head coach John Calipari and 37-17 all-time. UK had won three straight in the series until a 62-59 loss to the Cardinals last season that dropped the team to 1-6 on the year. The Wildcats won a 78-70 overtime thriller in the last matchup at Rupp Arena in 2019.

In what should be a matchup of preseason top-10 teams, Kentucky will travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas in the annual Big 12-SEC Challenge.

More than conference bragging rights could be on the line between UK and KU. The Wildcats enter the 2021-22 season maintaining a slim margin over the Jayhawks as the winningest program in NCAA history.

Kentucky suffered through a 9-16 season in 2020-21, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, posting its first losing record since 1989 and recording the worst finish by a preseason Associated Press top-10 team since the poll was first released in 1961. UK, whose season ended with a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament, sits at 2,327 all-time wins.

The Jayhawks, who ended the year at 21-9 with a loss to USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, shaved 12 games off the Wildcats’ lead but still trail by four at 2,323 victories.

Big Blue has been the winningest program in college basketball history since surpassing North Carolina during its national championship season of 1995-96. Finishing 34-2 to the Tar Heels’ 21-11, Kentucky turned a 10-game deficit into a 3-game lead it hasn’t relinquished since.

The Wildcats became the first school to 2,000 wins with an 88-44 victory over Drexel at Rupp Arena on Dec. 21, 2009.

UK holds a 23-10 advantage over KU all-time head-to-head but have lost three of the last four dating back to 2016, including a 65-62 loss in the Champions Classic last season.

Kentucky is 1-2 vs. Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, 0-1 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and 2-1 on the road.

The Wildcats open the season with exhibitions vs. Kentucky Wesleyan and Miles College before officially tipping off the 2021-22 season vs. Duke in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

UK’s non-conference schedule also includes games against Notre Dame, and Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic.

In league play, the Cats will face every Southeastern Conference team once with home-and-away matchups set vs. Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU.

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7 Delightful Day Trips Just A Few Hours From Kansas City

These seven delightful day trips are less than three hours away from Kansas City. Each of these destinations offers something special for everyone that visits. I have been to each of these cities, and on each visit, I find myself learning something new. 

History buffs will appreciate everything that each of these communities offers. Amelia Earhart, for instance, is the star of the town in Atchison; if you find yourself enjoying all things that fly, you will love the story town’s story. America’s 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, lives on through the people in Abilene. 

I hope you will plan a delightful trip from Kansas City and embrace the stories that each of these towns has to offer. 

Note: I have been to several of these towns more than once, and some of my visits were hosted press trips. All opinions are my own.

Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan is a college town, as it is home to the well-known college Kansas State University. You will find purple and white everywhere you go in Manhattan, as the community loves their beloved Kansas State Wildcats. A fun spot to hang out in is Aggieville, the oldest shopping district in Kansas. This area is made up of six square blocks that include bars, restaurants, fun shops, and, of course, a donut shop. You will not want to miss out on a donut from Varsity Donuts. Alumni and current students all enjoy hanging out in Aggieville before and after athletic events. The downtown area, a few blocks from Aggieville, is also home to restaurants and charming shops. 

Manhattan may be a college town, but it’s also home to the Flint Hills. The scenery in this area will lure you in. Bring a pair of binoculars and a camera. The wonder and beauty of these hills will connect you with nature while exploring a fun college town. A day trip to Manhattan would not be complete without a stroll around the campus. The energy and people will welcome you and share their pride in Manhattan with you.

Editor’s Note: Our own Roxie Yonkey has more on how to spend a weekend in the Little Apple.

President Eisenhower's childhood home.
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Abilene, Kansas

Abilene is home to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. This presidential museum was renovated in 2019 and swept into the 21st century with interactive displays, touchscreens, and digitized historic video of the D-Day encounters. This museum is one of the most moving experiences of any presidential museum that I have visited. As I viewed the historic video of D-Day, I was surrounded by gentlemen that had served our country. It made me appreciate all that everyone had given on that day in history. The museum is handicap accessible, and wheelchairs are available at the museum entrance for visitors to use.

The Greyhound Hall of Fame is across the street from the presidential library in Abilene. You will be greeted by a greyhound or two. Have your picture taken with them and stroll through the museum and learn about greyhounds. 

A visit to Abilene would not be complete without a stop at the Seelye Mansion. You will explore 25 rooms on the Seelye Mansion tour and end your tour in a bowling alley. Christmas is an exceptional time of year to visit, as the mansion is all decked out for the holidays.

In fact, any time of year is a great time of year to visit Abilene. I’ve written more about Abilene, Kansas, here, and it’s also featured in my list of the best small-town Fourth of July celebrations in the Midwest.

Downtown Atchison, Kansas.
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Atchison, Kansas

Atchison is a short 30-minute drive from Kansas City. Fall is an incredible time to make the drive to Atchison, as the road meanders near a grove of trees that goes on for miles. As soon as you arrive in town, stop at the visitor center and take a peek at the Atchison Rail Museum. 

Atchison’s Sallie House is one of the most haunted houses in America. Paranormal activity has been documented by many that visit the house. I have visited and witnessed cell phones not working as well as two people taking photos of the same thing and seeing different things in the actual photo. If you dare, visit the Sallie House.

Amelia Earhart hails from Atchison. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace overlooks the Missouri River. The Amelia Earhart Festival is an annual event where the town celebrates Amelia for two full days. I had the opportunity of attending in 2019 and enjoyed a meal with Amelia Earhart’s niece. If there’s one thing I took away from this event, it was that Amelia continues to inspire youngsters. You can tour the birthplace and learn more about the mystery of Amelia’s disappearance.

Editor’s Note: Intrigued? Tim Trudell has more on mysterious Atchison, Kansas.

Concordia, Kansas

Concordia is a full three hours from Kansas City, yet well worth all of your time in the car to get to this historical town. Upon your arrival, I’d suggest stopping into the Cloud County Historical Museum. View the fun history inside, and admire the sculptured brick wall on the outside of the building. 

The National Orphan Train Complex is a moving experience. As I sat in a chair watching a movie introducing visitors to the complex, I was taken back. My grandfather always said he arrived by train with a suitcase when he was a very young boy. I will be returning to Concordia to meet with the staff at the complex to see if they can help me and my family solve a mystery. Plan on spending a minimum of two hours on site, as there’s a lot of information to take in.

Another moving experience in Concordia is the POW Camp Concordia. I had never thought much about WWII POWs and what they endured. A guard tower is on the site, and the museum is open for scheduled tours with a knowledgeable tour guide. If you are curious about your ancestry and enjoy the history that comes to life through art throughout the town, you will enjoy Concordia, Kansas.

Pony Express Museum in Marysville, Kansas.
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Marysville, Kansas

Marysville is one of those towns that offer a fun, memorable experience with black squirrels. In the town of Marysville, there are 34 five-foot fiberglass black squirrel sculptures scattered throughout the town. Have your cell phone on hand and take a few selfies during your visit. It took a while, but I did see one black squirrel from the porch of the house I was staying at in Marysville. There are not only Black Squirrels on Parade; there are also “live” black squirrels to be seen. Marysville made my list of the best outdoor art experiences in the Midwest.

A highlight of my visit to Marysville was a short drive on a gravel road south of town to Alcove Spring Historic Park. This historic park is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was discovered in 1846 when the Donner party was delayed by the high waters along the Blue River. A self-guided walking tour and interpretive exhibits can be found throughout the park. The walk to the spring is near 1/4 of a mile and an easy hike. 

The Pony Express Home Station & Museum is downtown and is Marysville’s pride and joy, as Home Station No. 1 on the Pony Express Route. Marysville is a great place to experience history and nature.

family outside in Independence, MO

Independence, Missouri

A short drive from Kansas City is Independence. Discover the hometown of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, while exploring Independence. 

The Truman experience awaits you through the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Truman Home, Truman on the Independence Square, and the Truman Depot. Independence is a great place to celebrate America and its 33rd president. 

Take a trip back in time while exploring Independence with Pioneer Trails Adventures. You will board a covered wagon and learn about the early pioneer settlers, Wild Bill Hickok, Civil War generals, and more secrets about Harry S. Truman. 

There is one thing that I do know: Independence will keep you hopping all day long. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in one of several parks that are throughout the town. Enjoy one of Independence’s many outdoor adventures.

Missouri river bridge in Leavenworth, Kansas.
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Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth is a short drive from Kansas City. The Carroll Mansion Museum is a favorite of mine. If you enjoy historic homes and the beautiful architecture that they offer, you will love this home. The 16 rooms and stained glass windows won me over. 

The earliest known American carousel is in Leavenworth, Kansas, and today it is the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum that features a newly restored, operational 1913 C.W. Parker Carousel. The oldest primitive carousel in the United States and a 1950s aluminum Paul Parker Carousel is also on display. There is a small admission fee for a tour and to take a ride on the carousel. Plan to spend one to two hours learning all about the fun history of the carousel. 

No matter which direction you travel from Kansas City, your day trip will be a fun one. Each of these seven destinations will keep you entertained and your belly full.

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Kansas updates travel quarantine list to include Maine, Costa Rica

TOPEKA (KSNT) – If you have not been fully vaccinated or diagnosed with coronavirus in the last six months, Kansas officials are asking you to quarantine for up to 10 days if you have traveled to any of the following locations:

  • on or after May 20 to Maine.
  • on or after May 20 to the Colorado counties of Alamosa, Baca, Costilla, Dolores, Mesa, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Rio Grande, Saguache, Sedgwick or Yuma.
  • on or after May 20 to the countries of Costa Rica, French Guiana, Georgia, Lithuania or the Netherlands.
  • on or after May 6 to the Colorado counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Conejos, Crowley, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Larimer or Pueblo.
  • on or after May 6 to the countries of Cabo Verde, India, Maldives or Seychelles.
  • on or after April 22 to Minnesota or the countries of Argentina, Bahrain or Sweden.
  • on or after April 8 to the country of Uruguay.
  • between April 8 and May 20 to Pennsylvania.
  • between May 6 and May 20 to the Colorado counties of Bent, City and County of Denver, Chaffee, Lake, Park, Phillips, Rio Blanco or San Juan.
  • between April 22 and May 20 to Croatia, Cyprus or Turkey.
  • between March 26 and May 20 to Delaware, Michigan or Rhode Island.
  • between March 12 and May 20 to the State of Palestine.

The travel quarantine period is seven days with a negative test result or 10 days without testing, with release from quarantine on Day 8 and Day 11, respectively.

Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine if they received all doses of the vaccine two or more weeks ago and have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Additionally, people with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive PCR or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

The state asks people to quarantine if they visit locations with rates of infection that are three times higher than Kansas.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Britt Reid was allegedly intoxicated, traveling 84 mph before car crash that injured girl

Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated after allegedly speeding before hitting two stopped cars in a February crash that seriously injured a 5-year-old girl.

Reid, who is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, allegedly drove at a reckless speed when he hit a disabled car that had run out of gas and another that had pulled up to assist on the evening of Feb. 4, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. A blood test following the crash showed Reid’s blood alcohol concentration to be .113 percent, higher than the .08 percent legal limit.

The investigation also found that Reid was driving nearly 84 mph just seconds before the crash.

A 5-year-old girl suffered severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas in the crash, the prosecutor’s office said.

Search warrant documents filed in court and obtained by NBC affiliate KSHB allege that Reid was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck in the crash, which occurred days before the team traveled to the Super Bowl in Florida. A police officer reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” on Reid, whose eyes were red and bloodshot, one of the documents said. Reid also allegedly told the officer he was on Adderall when asked if he was on prescription medication.

Prosecutors plan to request that Reid be placed on GPS and alcohol monitoring along with a $100,000 bond. Reid intends to self-surrender with his attorney, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.

Reid bonded out of jail Monday evening and is next expected in court on May 27. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment following Reid’s initial appearance.

A phone call to Reid on Monday went straight to voicemail.

Reid was placed on administrative leave from his position with the Chiefs in February. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment following the announcement of new charges.

According to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania court records, Reid was previously charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007. The next year, he was sentenced to up to six months behind bars.

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Kansas Jayhawk Notebook: Getting to Know Eastern Washington

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Eastern Washington had a feeling it would get matched up with one of college basketball’s blue bloods.

How about the one with the nation’s longest-active NCAA Tournament streak?

Enter Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

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Report: KU’s Jalen Wilson out for start of 2021 NCAA Tournament
On Friday, it was announced that KU basketball had a positive COVID-19 test in the program, which caused the Jayhawks to withdraw from the Big 12 Tournament. On Monday, one day after Selection Sunday, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported that Kansas’ Jalen Wilson “did not travel to Indianapolis” with the team and is expected out for the first round of the event.

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Bill Self: KU basketball received ‘fair’ NCAA Tournament draw
Interesting enough, while Sunday presented that opportunity, the KU coach did not take it. Self was asked about his team’s 2021 NCAA Tournament draw and said he believed it to be “fair,” even if it’s not necessarily easy.

Hot board 3.0: Who will replace Les Miles with Kansas football?
On Monday, Kansas football announced that the program had “mutually” agreed to part ways with head football coach Les Miles, who was at the helm of the program for two seasons. The program will look to bring in a new coach after filling the newly-vacant athletic director position, KU chancellor Douglas Girod said on Wednesday.

Darrell Stuckey appointed Kansas’ director of football relations
According to a Kansas Athletics release, Stuckey’s new role will include “building and continuing relationships with football alumni, high school and junior college coaches and members of the community, while also working with current football student-athletes on personal development.”

2022 DB Kaleb Pillow talks first offer from Kansas football
Kaleb Pillow brings a little bit of a different perspective to football. The 6-1, 180-pound defensive back is planning on playing both ways this season, plus he’s done some track and even plays baseball when football isn’t in season.

Sackler Family Offers Billions More In Opioid Settlements : NPR
Under a bankruptcy plan filed late Monday night, Purdue Pharma would pay roughly $500 million in cash up front to settle hundreds of thousands of injury claims linked to the company’s role in the deadly opioid epidemic.

The 10 Greatest Versions of Windows, Ranked
In fact, if you wanted a list of the “best” versions of Windows, you might get a list of Windows versions with the most features, the least bugs, and the most up-to-date security—in other words, a list of Windows versions in chronological order (with a couple of hiccups). No, this list will be far more fun than that.

Steve Prohm out as Iowa State Cyclones men’s basketball coach
Steve Prohm is out as Iowa State’s men’s basketball coach, the school announced Monday.

WandaVision Finally Fixed Infinity War’s Huge Star-Lord Mistake
Quill already had an easily accessible out point for the debate, because his interference was a required part of the one reality where the Avengers won (hence Doctor Strange doing nothing to stop it). But that didn’t quite put an end to the accusations that Star-Lord single-handedly ruined the heroes’ chance of stopping the Mad Titan from snapping his fingers. He became as big a part of the post-release discourse, in fact, as the question of whether Thanos was right to wipe out half of the universe.

Taco Bell’s got a ton of new menu items in the works
Living through a pandemic has meant an entire year in which exciting new Taco Bell innovations did not continue apace. We’d grown accustomed to a world where every six weeks or so we’d be blown away by some sort of scientific miracle like Triplelupas or Quesalupas. We could have—and should have— spent 2020 in pursuit of the mythical Dodecahedralupa, but instead we all sat at home while Taco Bell discontinued Mexican Pizza and we were powerless to stop it.

Daily Inter Lake
House Bill 259, sponsored by Rep. Sue Vinton, R-Billings, would prohibit cities from requiring developers to dedicate land or pay fees in order to keep homes priced for people with specified income levels – a system known as inclusionary zoning, which has been deployed in various forms to address affordable-housing shortages across the country. It would eliminate Whitefish’s Legacy Homes Program along with a similar program in Bozeman.

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