How ‘Bout Them Royals! World Series Bound!!

MLB: ALCS-Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

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By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

After a 29-year drought, the Kansas City Royals are headed to the World Series, which will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 21, here in Kansas City with games 1 and 2.
The series will shift to either St. Louis, Mo. or San Francisco, Cal., for games 3 through 5 and then back to Kansas City for games 6 and 7, if necessary. The Royals are on an eight-game playoff winning streak and if you count the last time they were in the playoffs in 1985 after they beat the St. Louis Cardnals they are on a 11-game playoff winning streak.
On Wednesday, evening after closing out the favored Baltimore Orioles in four straight games and winning by a score of 2 to 1, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, 28, received the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award.
Cain’s defense was superb throughout the wild card game, the division series and the American League Championship series.
Cain was responsible for 4 RBIs along with two stolen bases off of 8 hits.
Two of the players that are delighted with the shift from losing seasons to World Series bound are Alex Gordan and Billy Butler.


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Questions Arise Over Failure To Meet MBE/WBE Goals On Aldi’s 39th And Prospect

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Several questions arise after the disclosure that the developer, Barstow construction, of the Aldi’s grocery store  located at 39th and Prospect, failed to meet the prescribed MBE/WBE goals.
The MBE/WBE participation goals for the project were set at 13 percent for MBE and 8 percent for WBE. However, the developer achieved MBE participation  of 11 percent and WBE participation of 2 percent.
According to documentation obtained by THE CALL through the state’s Sunshine Law the developer never requested assistance from the Tax Increment Finance Commission to make a Good Faith Effort (GFE) to meet the utilization goals.
In email communications between the developer and TIFC the subjects included budgets associated with this TIF plan; non-certified MBE/WBE’s being utilized on the job; and issues regarding unresponsiveness to the utilization of certified MBE/WBE’s. None of the emails or meetings entailed a request for assistance in GFE, according to documentation.
Under the City’s MBE/WBE Ordinance and the TIF Affirmative Action policy the developer is responsible for demonstrating GFE to meet the prescribed MBE/WBE participation goals by ensuring and enforcing contractual provisions regarding the same with its General Contractors and its subcontractors.


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National Black Panther Party Members In Kansas City For Reunion Celebration October 16-19

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Alumni members of the national and local Black Panther Party will be in Kansas City October 16 – 19 to celebrate the party’s legacy of community service and volunteerism.
The events began with a gallery exhibit of the works of noted Black Panther visual artist Emory Douglas on October 16 at the EthnicArt Gallery followed by the “Legacy Reunion Gala” at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage center.
On October 17, a Black Panther Party Photo Exhibit, panel discussions and film screenings at the Black Archives of Mid-America on October 18, culminating with a program honoring Kansas City community activists at St. Mark Child and Family Development Center on October 19.

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