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America's truckers, pushed beyond their limits in an industry that thrives on low pay and long distances, are driving tired and killing hundreds on the road every year. For decades, government regulators have talked tough about getting weary truckers off the road. Industry leaders say trucker fatigue is a minor cause of accidents. Most wrecks are caused by bad automobile drivers, they say. But The Kansas City Star, which spent nine months examining truck crashes, found that fatigue is a much bigger problem than the industry acknowledges. Sometimes hallucinating, sometimes nodding to sleep after driving 20 hours at a stretch, drive rs continue to drift their 40-ton rigs into oncoming traffic, plow through tollbooths or crash into the backs of slower vehicles, sometimes wiping out entire families.

Kansas City's Hyatt Tragedy:
20 years later

On July 17, 1981, disaster struck at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency hotel. Two 120-foot-long walkways tore loose from their suspension rods, dumping 65 tons of concrete, metal, glass -- and dance spectators -- onto hundreds of people in the lobby below. That death toll was 114, with hundreds of others injured. A stunned Kansas City wept.

Mission to Sierra Leone:
One child at a time

Sierra Leone is a small African country racked by civil war and a greed for diamonds that armies and nations cannot tame. Rebels use terror to control the countryside where diamonds are mined. Their favorite tactic is to hack off the limbs of their living victims. Lonny Houk of Raymore, Mo., cannot forget the mutilated children ... facing lives of poverty and despair. So he takes volunteer medical teams to help those he can, one child at a time.


Art sale that turned to scandal was built on sand

In the year since the Canyon Suite became one of the most public art scandals in recent memory, The Kansas City Star has looked into the history and sale of the paintings. In a two-part series beginning today, the newspaper explores the central mystery of the story: How could 28 watercolors that were almost certainly not authentic Georgia O'Keeffe paintings sell for $5 million to hang on the walls of a Kansas City museum?

Kansas City restaurant inspections
few and far between

An investigation by The Kansas City Star has found that Health Department inspections of the restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets we patronize are often months -- even years -- overdue.

African-American History
A look at the history, culture and contributions of African-Americans.
A four-part narrative
A tap on the door. A Missouri trooper enters, kneels, takes her hand, and Jean Carnahan knows. Time stops for a family, a campaign and a state. Yet intertwining personal and political journeys must go on as never before -- with a senator unseated and a widow getting sworn in on Capitol Hill.


Once Susan Miller learned she had cancer, she and her husband, Steve, decided e-mail would be the best way to share their journey. With the Miller's permission, The Star brings to you their story.

I-35 Odyssey
Because I-35 is so important to many Kansas Citians, The Star explores all of its 1,593 miles in a series of articles this summer.

Sarah's Hope
This three-part series tells the story of one teen's struggle to make her dreams a reality.

To Protect and Collect
This series of articles is the second examination Star reporter Karen Dillon has made of police circumventing state forfeiture laws -- this time with a national scope.

KC@150: Our city's sequicentennial
Take a look back on the people and places that have left their mark on our city, our country and our world in the last century and a half. And read about the people who are shaping our future.

In this three-part series, The Star explores the growing problem of credit card debt in America.

The Star spent 28 days trailing one of the Kansas City police department's homicide squads. The Star reporters and photographer were on-call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and had unimpeded access to the detectives.

A look at the Royals' and other major-league baseball teams' efforts to harvest the baseball bounty to be found in the Dominican Republic. Meet some of the hopeful young prospects and the star players who inspire them.

In Sickness & in Health
A young couple learns to cope with a leukemia diagnosis that threatens their future and the prospects of starting a family in this three-part series.

AIDS in the priesthood
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests across the United States have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and hundreds more are living with HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

An examination of state driving records has revealed facts that are compelling as people prepare to celebrate the New Year in homes, hotels and bars -- and then hit the road.

This is the story of Christine Elkins' disappearance, a case that has gained fame in law enforcement circles nationwide, but remained almost unknown to the general public.

America's welfare system -- for decades geared toward giving cash to poor families -- now demands work and self-sufficiency instead. To learn whether the reforms are working, The Star studied results in Jackson County

A look at how the area observed the 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Hear the "I Have a Dream" speech in RealAudio and browse Web resources and educational materials on civil rights and King's life.

In the first installment of an occasional series of articles, The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Call explore the state of race relations in the area.

This special collection of articles, commentary, photographs, audio clips, Web resources and heretofore unpublished writings illustrate the life of Ernest Hemingway, who honed his writing skills at The Kansas City Star.

Although outright discrimination against minorities seeking mortgage loans has dwindled, statistics from area bankers and lenders show that barriers to homeownership still stand.
Reporter Mary Sanchez and photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez spent two weeks in Honduras, documenting the country's slow recovery from Hurricane Mitch.
In this seven-part series, The Star tells the story of Denise Byrd, a young woman who became addicted to the drug in 1994, just as it was emerging as the most devastating drug in Kansas City's history.
Ten years after she arrived in the tiny western Pacific island of Yap as a Peace Corps volunteer, Star photographer Francine Orr returned to reconnect with the people and places she once knew.
Kansas City's jazz heritage now has a home.

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