It’s easy to appreciate fiction’s dedicated heroines. Who doesn’t admire Jane Eyre  or Miss Jane Pittman ? Neither is it difficult to muster animosity for callous villainesses such as Lady Macbeth  or Madame DeFarge .
At 7:05 p.m. on July 17, 1981, two walkways inside the Hyatt Regency hotel at Crown Center collapsed during a massive party. By the time the wreckage had been cleared, 114 were dead and 216 were injured. This Sunday, July 17, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of the disaster, and a special event at the Kansas City Public Library will explore its causes and aftereffects.