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The posse was made up of geniuses, mostly. Tried to run the sheriff out of town. Didn’t do it, but they sure shot up the old Intellectual Hotel.
They were lofty in their search for something, or in their singular view of life, never toplofty.
“KANSAS CITY - ONE OF THE FEW LIVABLE CITIES LEFT,” read the billboards. But builders and developers are perpetrating ugly as well as good works in this Missouri metropolis of treeand statue-lined boulevards, of stockyards, shameless politics, and roisterous jazz clubs of old.
Four ways of ending life remain or have become legal in the eyes of at least some of the United States, notes the author: abortion, capital punishment, war, and suicide; “mercy killing" remains illegal.