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  • OU’s Mayfield apologizes after outburst in Sooners’ 41-3 win over KansasOU’s Mayfield apologizes after outburst in Sooners’ 41-3 win over Kansas

    Baker Mayfield didn't feel like taking the high road today pic.twitter.com/30Q5UFk264 — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2017 LAWRENCE, Kan. — On his way to the bus, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield stopped outside the visiting locker room at Memorial Stadium to sign a handful of autographs for wide-eyed kids who clearly idolize him. Their opinions of him hadn’t changed over the course of a blowout win over Kansas. Those of many other people probably did. After getting dissed by the Jayhawks’ captains during the coin toss, the Heisman Trophy front-runner spent the rest of an otherwise ho-hum 41-3 victory trading insults with them. At one point he told Kansas fans behind the bench to “go cheer on basketball,” and after throwing his third and final touchdown pass, video cameras caught him grabbing his crotch and cursing at the opposing sideline. “I got caught up in a competitive game, a chippy game, but what I did tonight was unacceptable,” said Mayfield, who threw for 257 yards in just over three quarters. “It’s disrespectful. It’s not the example I want to set. It’s not the legacy I want to leave. I truly do apologize.” Baker Mayfield: "what I did was unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/CyC9O89bkn — Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 19, 2017 Everything began when Mayfield tried shaking hands with Daniel Wise, Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Joe Dineen Jr. after the coin toss, but they stared stoically back at him. Mayfield quickly pulled his hand away, clapped a couple of times and set about burnishing his Heisman Trophy candidacy. The disrespect… pic.twitter.com/9h92MV0Iua — gifhawk (@GIFhawk) November 18, 2017 He threw TD passes to Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown in the first half, then founded Mark Andrews late in the third quarter, which prompted more insults between Mayfield and the Jayhawks. That was the point when he grabbed his crotch and cursed the Kansas sideline from his own bench. “It was chippy from the second their guys decided they didn’t want to shake our hands,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “Despite all that, there’s no excuse for it. Baker’s a competitive guy.” Riley said he would need to see video of the game before deciding whether punishment was needed, but he did point out that Mayfield was repeatedly hit after the whistle. “I’m proud of our guys for getting to a point and not just — you’re not going to take it anymore,” Kansas coach David Beaty said. “You’re going to stick your feet in the ground and you’re going to defend your grass. I think we got to display it better than that, obviously, but I get it.” The histrionics added at least some interest to a game that figured to be a blowout. The Sooners (10-1, 7-1) are fourth in the College Football Playoff ranking and clinched a spot in the revived Big 12 title game, while the Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8) have yet to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision foe. Mayfield got most of the fourth quarter off as the defensive-minded Sooners won their 17th straight road game and 15th in a row in the Big 12, setting a league record. It was also their 12th consecutive win over the Jayhawks, their longest winning streak against any opponent. Carter Stanley had 117 yards passing for Kansas. Khalil Herbert had 37 yards rushing. The Jayhawks actually forced the Sooners into four three-and-outs in the first half, one of the worst defenses in the nation holding in check one of its best offenses. But they still trailed 21-3 at the break as a result of their own miscues more than anything else: — The Jayhawks held Oklahoma to fourth-and-3 at their own 34-yard line, and had Mayfield in trouble when they inexplicably stopped covering Anderson. He caught a pass in the middle of the field and outran the defense to the end zone to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead. — Deep in the Jayhawks’ own territory, Stanley skipped a pass off the hands of wide receiver Evan Fairs that was picked by Emmanuel Beal. Jordan Smallwood scored three plays later for a 14-3 lead. — And late in the first half, after the Sooners took over at their own 16, a 30-yard pass play was augmented by a roughing-the-passer penalty. The Jayhawks got hit with defensive holding on the next play, and Brown’s 24-yard TD catch with 10 seconds left capped a three-play, 84-yard drive. The Sooners eventually hit their stride in the second half, when the animosity between their star quarterback and the Kansas defense reached a crescendo, and easily pulled away. “They have great players on defense. They kind of set the tone with how they were feeling with the coin toss,” Mayfield said. “They did a great job of being physical. It’s a team that’s given us fits.” THE TAKEAWAY Oklahoma could have run up the score but instead coasted, perhaps a result of the friendship between Riley and Beaty. Still, it was an oft-underwhelming performance by a team with national title hopes. Kansas hardly had reason to celebrate Senior Day. Less than half the announced crowd of 22,854 showed up, and half of that were Oklahoma fans. The coin-toss snub and the embarrassing antics toward Mayfield by several people on the Jayhawks’ sideline only underscored a dismal home finale. UP NEXT Oklahoma wraps up the regular season against West Virginia next Saturday. Kansas concludes the season at No. 13 Oklahoma State next Saturday.

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  • Good Samaritans honored for rescuing driver from fiery semi crash on I-435Good Samaritans honored for rescuing driver from fiery semi crash on I-435

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  • AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

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Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside,” one of the posts read. The family put out a statement posted on the band’s website calling Young a “visionary who inspired many.” While Young’s younger brother, Angus, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm Young was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for onstage changes and cutoffs. AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in “Back in Black,” the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The Glasgow-born Young brothers — who moved to Sydney, Australia, with their parents, sister and five older brothers in 1963 — formed the band in 1973. They were inspired to choose the high-energy name AC/DC from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret. Malcolm Young of the Australian rock band AC/DC poses September 15, 2000 at the Rock Walk handprint ceremony at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, Ca. (Photo /Newsmakers) Angus experimented with several different stage costumes at first — including a gorilla suit and a Zorro outfit — but the school uniform was a natural, since he was only 16 at the time. The Youngs went through several drummers and bass guitarists, finally settling on Phil Rudd on drums in 1974 and Englishman Cliff Williams on bass three years later. Their original singer was fired after a few months when they discovered Bon Scott, who was originally hired as the band’s driver. By 1980, the band was on a roll, known for its high energy performances and predictably hard-charging songs. Their album “Highway To Hell” was certified gold in America and made it into the top 25 Billboard album charts, and the single “Touch Too Much” became their first UK Top 30 hit. But on Feb. 18, 1980, everything changed — Scott died of asphyxiation after choking on his own vomit after an all-night drinking binge. The band decided to keep going and hired English vocalist Brian Johnson at the helm. The newly reconfigured group channeled their grief into songwriting and put out 1980’s “Back In Black,” with the songs “You Shook Me All Night Long,” ”Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” and “Hells Bells.” The cover of the album was black, in honor of Scott’s death. The band continued with a studio or live album every few years , blending their huge guitar riffs with rebellious and often sophomoric lyrics — song titles include “Big Balls,” ”Beating Around the Bush,” ”Let Me Put My Love Into You” and “Stiff Upper Lip.” AC/DC won only a single Grammy Award, for best hard rock performance in 2009 for “War Machine.” Rolling Stone said in 1980 that “the AC/DC sound is nothing more and nothing less than aggressively catchy song hooks brutalized by a revved-up boogie rhythm, Malcolm’s jackhammer riffing, Angus’ guitar histrionics and Johnson’s bloodcurdling bawl.” Malcolm Young of AC/DC’s 1959 Gretsch White Falcon guitar is shown on display at Hard Rock Cafe’s 40th anniversary Memorabilia Tour at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) In the book “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC” by Jesse Fink, Angus Young said the formula worked. “We’ve got the basic thing kids want,” he said. “They want to rock and that’s it. They want to be part of the band as a mass. When you hit a guitar chord, a lot of the kids in the audience are hitting it with you. They’re so much into the band they’re going through all the motions with you. If you can get the mass to react as a whole, then that’s the ideal thing. That’s what a lot of bands lack, and why the critics are wrong.” AC/DC’s infectious, driving sound stretched further than rock arenas. The song “Shoot to Thrill” was heard in the film “The Avengers,” ”Back in Black” made it into “The Muppets,” ”Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was played in “Bridesmaids” and their songs were included in the “Iron Man” franchise. On TV, the band’s music was heard in everything from “Top Gear,” the “Hawaii Five-0” reboot, “Glee,” ”CSI: Miami” and “The Voice.” Though the band championed good-natured hell-raising, it had to weather suggestions in the 1980s that they were a threat to the moral fabric of society. There were rumors the band’s name stood for Anti-Christ/Devil’s Children and many were shocked when it was learned that serial murderer and rapist Richard Ramirez identified himself as a fan and left an AC/DC baseball cap behind at a crime scene. In 2014, the band released “Rock or Bust,” the first AC/DC album without Malcolm Young. Even so, he is very present on the record since the 11 songs are credited to the Young brothers (Angus said he built the album from guitar hooks the two had accumulated over the years). (LtoR) Singer Brian Johnson performs next to guitarists Malcolm Young and Angus Young of Australian legendary hard rock band AC/DC at the Palais Omnisport of Paris Bercy, on September 15, 1984 in Paris. (JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE/AFP/Getty Images) Around the album’s release, Angus Young told The Associated Press that Malcolm was doing fine, but that he couldn’t perform anymore. “It was progressing further, but he knew he couldn’t do it,” Angus Young said of his older brother’s dementia. “He had continued as long as he could, still writing. But he said to me, ‘Keep it going.'” The fate of the band was also put into doubt by the retirement of Williams, legal trouble for Rudd and Johnson’s hearing loss, which forced him to leave. The band enlisted Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to sing on tour in 2016. Several musicians paid their respects to Malcolm Young on social media, writing about his influence and impact in music. “It is a sad day in rock and roll. 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    The Kansas City Star had a reporter in Garden City, Kan., the day after the Clutter family murders. “Clues are few in slaying of 4” said the front-page headline of … Click to Continue »

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  • KC sports practice chosen as one of designers for A's new stadiumKC sports practice chosen as one of designers for A's new stadium

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  • Ellen DeGeneres gets presidential whiz kid Macey Hensley to meet ‘Hamilton’ himselfEllen DeGeneres gets presidential whiz kid Macey Hensley to meet ‘Hamilton’ himself

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  • Custer scores 20 as Loyola-Chicago beats UMKC 66-56Custer scores 20 as Loyola-Chicago beats UMKC 66-56

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  • Key Royals free agents reject qualifying offersKey Royals free agents reject qualifying offers

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  • Getting calls from your own number? Don't pick upGetting calls from your own number? Don't pick up

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  • KCPS maintains provisional accreditationKCPS maintains provisional accreditation

    Northeast High School of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) district. By Paul Thompson Northeast News Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) earned 89.5 of a possible 140 points in its 2017 Annual Progress Report (APR), a mechanism used to decide accreditation status which was released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on Wednesday, November 15. The 63.9% of possible points matches the district’s output from 2015, but falls short of the 70% (98/140) of APR points reached in 2016. The results from last year were a decades-in-the-making feat which led to a district-wide celebration. KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell was thrilled when the APR results were released last year. “This is the first time in about 30 years that KCPS has earned the points to become a fully accredited school system,” said  Bedell. “The school system APR results have improved by more than 75 points in just four years.” For context, the district earned just 22.5 of 140 points in 2012. While the 2017 results show a slight drop-off in performance, they still represent a stabilizing trend for the district, which has earned at least 60% of possible APR points every year since 2013. This year’s results ensure that KCPS will maintain its provisional accreditation status, though it will likely delay the district’s ultimate goal of reaching full accreditation. Typically, DESE looks for school districts to register two consecutive years of 70% or better APR scoring before considering a shift from provisional to full accreditation. APR scores are determined through the fifth incarnation of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP5), which rates district performance through a handful of statewide standards: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement (which considers the academic performance of disadvantaged students), College and Career Ready (CCR), Attendance, and Graduation Rate. KCPS earned 29 of 56 points (51.8%) in Academic Achievement, five of 14 points in Subgroup Achievement (35.7%), 25.5 of 30 points (85.5) in CCR, six of 10 points (60%) in attendance, and 24 of 30 points (80%) in Graduation Rate. In the Academic Achievement Standards, KCPS saw modest increases in 2017 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Science, with 35.9% (up from 35.2% in 2016) and 23.6% (22.8% in 2016) of students, respectively, scoring proficient or advanced in those categories. The district’s scores in Mathematics saw a 0.3% decrease in 2017, with 23.5% of students scoring proficient or advanced. Social Studies, however, saw the largest decline, dropping from 44.9% proficient or advanced in 2016 to 34.8% in 2017. Attendance was another area of concern for the district. After seeing a 3.5% increase in the amount of students achieving a 90% attendance rate in 2016 (83% of students achieved the milestone), the district fell back by nearly four percentage points in 2017, with only 79.1% of students maintaining a 90% attendance rate. Graduation rate saw an uptick district-wide between 2016 and 2017, with the four-year rate jumping 3.3% to 71.9% and the five-year rate jumping 5.1% to 76.9%. The graduation rates at Northeast High School reflect a similar upward trend, with the four-year graduation rate increasing seven percentage points to 68.2% in 2017. Overall, KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell suggested that the APR results were ultimately encouraging for the district. “We see a lot of reasons to celebrate in this report. We continue to trend in the right direction,” Bedell said. “The data shows that if you stick with us, you will graduate and be placed on a very positive college or career track.” As for local charter schools, Scuola Vita Nuova saw a slight increase in its APR score in 2017, earning 69 of 80 points, good for 86.3% of possible points. In 2016, SVN had earned 68 of 80 possible points for an 85% score. SVN saw a slight bump in attendance rate in 2017, with 92.8% of students reaching the 90% attendance threshold versus 91% reaching the same milestone in 2016. Academic Achievement remained largely steady, though SVN did record a 3.5% boost in students scoring proficient or advanced in Mathematics, along with a 3.7% decrease in students scoring proficient or advanced in Science. Frontier School of Innovation earned 105.5 of 140 possible points, good for 75.4%. The score represents a slight drop-off from 2016, when the charter earned 118 of 140, or 84.3%, of possible points. A bright spot for Frontier was its four-year graduation rate, which saw a 6.7% increase from 2016 to 86.7%. The school earned 30 of 30 possible points in the Graduation Rate standard. The biggest individual drop-off for Frontier School of Innovation was in Mathematics, which saw a 7.2% decrease in students scoring proficient or advanced. The Mathematics scores dropped from 31.4% proficient or advanced in 2016 to 24.2% in 2017. The post KCPS maintains provisional accreditation appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • TKC Breaking News!!! Yet Another Kansas City Streetcar Lawsuit Moves...TKC Breaking News!!! Yet Another Kansas City Streetcar Lawsuit Moves...

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  • 'Girls on the Run' teaches young ladies how to be healthy, confident 'Girls on the Run' teaches young ladies how to be healthy, confident

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  • Texas slaughter changed everything: Churches willing to prepare for the worstTexas slaughter changed everything: Churches willing to prepare for the worst

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  • Kansas City Streetcar looking to expand service — this time rolling to the northKansas City Streetcar looking to expand service — this time rolling to the north

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  • Block Watch Organizing 101Block Watch Organizing 101

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  • Previously vandalized sculpture relocated to Scuola Vita NuovaPreviously vandalized sculpture relocated to Scuola Vita Nuova

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  • Shooting on Independence AvenueShooting on Independence Avenue

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Police responded to a non-lethal shooting near the intersection of Independence Avenue and Denver on the afternoon of Monday, November 13. Officers were called to the scene just before 4 p.m., after an apparent argument between six or seven teens led to gunfire. The shooting incident left one victim, identified only as a black male, down in the street. The victim was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. At least nine police vehicles responded to the shooting, which occurred outside of the El Mercado Fresco grocery store on Independence Avenue. Officers reported that teen witnesses at the scene were uncooperative, fighting verbally and physically with police upon their arrival. No arrests have been made at this point. Prior to the shooting, social media reports indicated that teens were fighting outside of Northeast Middle School. Though Northeast News has been unable to determine whether the incidents were related, Kansas City Public Schools Senior Communications Specialist Ray Weikal did confirm on Tuesday, November 14 that the victim was not a KCPS student. As a result of the incident, Weikal noted that the district restricted access to nearby schools. “I know that we did place both the high school and the middle School (Northeast High and Northeast Middle) in a no-entry status,” Weikal said. Weikal added that KCPS is fully cooperating with KCPD on the investigation, and that both schools have received increased security.       The post Shooting on Independence Avenue appeared first on Northeast News.

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  •   USDA Delays Animal Welfare Standards, Again  USDA Delays Animal Welfare Standards, Again

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  • Northeast Newscast Episode 33 – the violent crime episodeNortheast Newscast Episode 33 – the violent crime episode

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  • Community forum to discuss food’s relation to race, gender and economyCommunity forum to discuss food’s relation to race, gender and economy

    By Melissa Wharton Northeast News Stakeholders in the local food movement in Kansas City, Missouri are holding a forum with community members to discuss local food production and how it relates to race, gender, class and history in the metropolitan area. The forum is on Sunday, November 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Independence Boulevard Christian Church (IBCC), at 606 Gladstone Blvd. The goal of the forum is to determine what food justice looks like in Kansas City. Event coordinator Jenna Wilkins said food justice is created by doing work that increases equity in the food system, from production to distribution to the service industry. She said this work must be done by taking into account race issues, labor, economics and the environment. Jenna Wilkins (pictured) will hold a food forum at IBCC on Sunday, November 12. “We want to give [opportunities] to people whose experiences aren’t always reflected in mainstream messages of food in Kansas City,” Wilkins said. “To do this we’re making sure our panelists include people of color, growers, and community activists.” Panelists at the event will be Nadine Farris, a Kansas City, Missouri resident who runs the Paseo West Community Garden; Michael Pearl, whose family owns one of the oldest black farms in Missouri; Ryan Tenney, a vegetable grower and artist who recently expanded his operation to 26 acres near 350 and Noland Road in Kansas City, Missouri; and David Valdiviezo, a Kansas City, Kansas native and community organizer currently working on his Master’s of Urban Planning through the University of Kansas. The moderator will be Chhaya Kolavalli, who is pursuing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology through the University of Kentucky. Her doctoral research has focused on black and brown growers around Kansas City and explores the intersection of race and local food systems. “The event is supposed to be a conversation starter. My goal is that it empowers people to have control and challenge them to think more critically about what’s going on,” Wilkins said. “At the end what I hope the panel prods people to do is consider themselves more as citizens, and have a responsibility to hold people and orgs and people in power accountable.”   The post Community forum to discuss food’s relation to race, gender and economy appeared first on Northeast News.

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  • Triple homicide in the Blue Valley AreaTriple homicide in the Blue Valley Area

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  •   Celebrating Veterans Day 2017 by the Numbers  Celebrating Veterans Day 2017 by the Numbers

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  • Biracial boy allegedly hanged by group of teens gets big birthday surpriseBiracial boy allegedly hanged by group of teens gets big birthday surprise

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