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Latino Writers Collective nominated for international award

By Melissa Arroyo The Latino Writers Collective, an organization of Kansas City area Latino writers seeking to promote Latino arts and culture in the United States, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016 by launching “Corazon y una lengua peregrina: poesía y narrativa.” The book includes a collection of 11 stories and 28 poems about the Latino experience in the United …

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Parkville Latina a national star

By Edie R. Lambert Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff is a remarkable record-breaker/trailblazer. On July 29, she won the Miss Teen USA title. The Parkville, Mo. national titleholder is the first ever from the Kansas City metro area and only the second from Missouri in the competition’s 35-year history. She’s the first Latina to wear the crown in 10 years. Dominguez-Heithoff won the …

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KCATA launches mobile app

By Melissa Arroyo The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has a new mobile app to help bus riders board buses quickly, without having to scramble for exact change or finding their wallet. Launched on July 10, the free app is available for Apple and Android. It will allow riders to buy bus passes, plan their trips and track their …

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Roberge seeking Shawnee Mission BOE seat

By Emiliano Gross Robert Roberge wants to help families in the Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District – and he believes he can do so by serving on the Shawnee Mission Board of Education. Roberge – who served on the Oak Park Homes Association Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010, and has served on the Prairie Village (Kan.) Environmental and …

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Volunteer/young professional encouraging young people to donate their time

By Paula Alzate At age 17, Mercy Favrow discovered her passion: volunteering. That passion has led her to a new job and a new city. “During high school in my junior and senior … (years), we had a volunteer placement (program) – and mine was at (the) Mattie Rhodes (Center),” said Favrow, 22, an alumna of St. Teresa’s Academy in …

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Six-vehicle wreck on I-70 leaves at least five dead

Six vehicles, including two semi-trucks that collided, were involved in a fiery accident on Tuesday afternoon (July 11) that left at least five people dead. The accident took place on Interstate Highway 70 westbound in Bonner Springs, Kan. The road remained closed the rest of the day and into the night while traffic was diverted to Kansas Highway 7. Commuters …

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KCMO organization hosting event to close the digital divide

By Melissa Arroyo Families and individuals in Kansas City, Mo., without internet access are invited to attend a free event this Saturday (July 15) to learn about ways to sign up for low-cost internet access, receive computer classes and find affordable computers. Held in honor of Digital Inclusion Awareness Day, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon …

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Lenexa hosts Latino Art Bravisimo

Story by Melissa Arroyo and photos by Michael Alvarado Each year, Lenexa, Kan., recognizes its Latino population. The city does so by hosting its annual Latino Art Bravisimo to display artwork from local Latino artists. On June 22, there was a reception and awards ceremony at Lenexa City Hall to honor this year’s artists, including Best of show winner Hector …

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KC area offers many Independence Day activities

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez If you’re seeking something to do this Independence Day (July 4), the Kansas City area has plenty of options, including those on the list below: *KC Riverfest: Take the free streetcar to Riverfront Park, located near the River Market in Kansas City, Mo. Enjoy music on two stages, food trucks, bounce houses and fireworks overlooking the …

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Area offers mental health facilities for the uninsured

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez Seeking mental health treatment is challenging for the uninsured. Fortunately, there are many facilities in the Kansas City area that provide free or reduced cost services. Listed below are a few local options: *Community Mental Health Centers: The centers provide treatment to those with or without health insurance. However, patients must attend the community mental health …

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