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Kush Sharma Wins Memorable Jackson County Bee

Kush Sharma (at left) and Sophia Hoffman (right)

After 95 rounds and nearly six hours of competition, Kush Sharma emerged Saturday as champion of the Jackson County Spelling Bee at the Kansas City Public Library.

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Pronouncer, Like Spellers, Must Be Perfect

Bernie Norcott-Mahany (at right) at the Jackson County Spelling Bee

Saturday may not be quite what Bernie Norcott-Mahany imagined when he said yes three years ago to serving as the pronouncer for the Jackson County Spelling Bee.

Book Reviews

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I figured the cover of a book couldn't be so deceiving. Laura and Carrie seem to be having a grand time in the snow. The publisher obviously didn't want to give a sense of how hard the long winter of 1880-1881 really was.

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Hidden Gems of Hoopla: The Candidate

The Candidate

I’m not sure whether to be depressed or comforted by the Oscar-winning 1972 Robert Redford film The Candidate. This depiction of a California race for a U.S. Senate seat suggests that when it comes to politics, very little changes.

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The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

The Glass Key

From what I hear, The Glass Key was Dashiell Hammett’s personal favorite among the books he wrote. That said, it is something of an outlier.