Archive for October 2014

Firefighter injured at KCK night club fire

A firefighter suffered an injured shoulder while fighting a fire at a night club at 508 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman, the firefighter was taken to the hospital nonemergency to be evaluated.

The fire was reported at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 31. Arriving within three minutes, fire crews reported heavy smoke coming from the roof on the north side of the building, the spokesman said.

Firefighters searched the building and found no one inside. The fire was located in the basement area, and the fire had spread in the walls, the Fire Department spokesman said.

Within 20 minutes, the fire was knocked down. Fire crews continued to hit hot spots in the basement area, according to the Fire Department.

The fire investigator responded and investigated the fire.

The Fire Department estimated the pre-fire value of the structure and contents at $1 million, the estimated loss to the structure and contents at $50,000.

There were no smoke detectors present, the Fire Department stated.

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UG to hold strategic planning session Saturday

The Unified Government Commission will hold a special session at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in Suite 515, the Executive Conference and Standing Committee room, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The purpose of the special meeting will be to hold a commission strategic planning session, according to an announcement.

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Beware of too many Halloween treats for children

Don’t let this Halloween be a trick-or-treat snacktastrophe. Try these tips from the American Heart Association to make your Halloween festivities fun, safe and healthy for you and your family:

• Eat first. Have a healthy meal before you go trick-or-treating to reduce temptation to snack while walking,

• Get moving. Make trick-or-treating a workout. Set a goal of how many houses you will walk to or wear pedometers and have healthy prizes for the person who has the most steps.

• Be that house. Think about a healthier version of treats to give out at your house: Mini boxes of raisins, 100 percent juice juice-boxes, snack-sized pretzels, pre-packaged trail mixes, pre-packaged dried fruits, crayons, stickers, silly bands, tooth brushes, bubbles, plastic spiders, or coupons to local frozen yogurt stores.

• Bag it. Find the right-sized collection bag for your child. Steer clear of the pillowcase method.

Follow these suggestions to have a healthy post-Halloween:

• Avoid the urge to buy on-sale candy in the grocery stores after Halloween. The decision not to buy something once is a lot easier than saying no every time you walk by the candy jar .

• Pick out enough candy for one piece a day for five days and put those in the fridge. When your child asks for a piece of candy, make sure to pair it with a healthy snack like a an apple, a banana or some healthy nuts.

• “Buy back” the candy from your child with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity like a day at the zoo or an ice skating adventure.

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