Sydney Llewellyn

Central Standard Intern

Sydney is an intern for Central Standard.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Sydney grew up in Omaha, Neb. and is a senior at UMKC double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and Spanish. She completed a semester abroad during the Spring of 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied radio journalism and Latin American culture and history. In Buenos Aires she was a part of the Universidad de Belgrano's radio station and hosted and produced a program called, 'Ciudadanos del Mundo,' (Citizens of the World) interviewing international students in Spanish.

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Central Standard
8:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

LED Street Lights Brighten Up Kansas City Metro

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Communities around the Kansas City metro are taking part in programs to install LED street lights.

Participating cities saw significant energy savings after switching to the high-efficiency lights, and felt they got more light for less cost. The initiative was funded by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant program.

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Central Standard
9:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A Look At What's Next As KC Chamber Checks Off Animal Health From Big 5 List

It’s been a little over two years since the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced its Big 5 goals – their plans for, as they said, “making Kansas City one of the greatest communities in America.”

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Central Standard
9:53 am
Tue December 10, 2013

WWI Museum Prepares For Centennial Commemoration

Off to the world's war aboard troopship, Boston Harbor, 1918-1919.
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It was known as the Great War—or even The War to End All Wars, even though, of course, it didn’t. It did, however cost 9 million lives, devastated Europe and drew in all the world’s great powers of the day.

Next summer marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I. But how do you remember something that no one alive has first-person experience with?

The answer includes the hiring this month of new staff to head up the effort and start making plans and putting them into action.

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Central Standard
3:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director

Carla Wilson was named UMKC's new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division 1 school that is not historically black.

Wilson is not new to UMKC, she's been there for 24 years, 16 of them in the athletic department. As a college student, she had a work study in the athletics department, and after earning her degree in accounting, she went on to work at UMKC and move up in the ranks. 

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Central Standard
2:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Concussions And Head Trauma In Contact Sports

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Several cases have been popping up in the news in which former NFL players are suing either the league, or their team organization, for injuries or disorders they have developed after retiring. They claim that the professional organizations that used to employ them are responsible for the health problems they are now experience.

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Central Standard
2:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule

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There was a time when being a kid did not involve needing a planner. Those days are long gone for many families in the new world of lessons, sports, classes, tutoring, clubs, church groups and academics. Many children have busier schedules than their parents, which means the parents’ schedules fill up, too.

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Central Standard
2:24 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz

Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Allan Katz, (left) with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.
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Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, UMKC. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Katz says there were difficult times of misunderstanding, such as the publication of Wikileaks, but that if given the opportunity he would serve again. 

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care

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Even if we try to deny it, we can't escape getting older. Almost three-fourths of people who reach the age of 65 are going to need some kind of long-term care. So why is it that so few of us plan for those needs?

On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew talk about how to prepare finances for old age and the possibility of needing long-term care. Plus, they explore the poor health of the long-term care insurance industry. 

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting

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Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with Barbies. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?

When raising a child, what gender choices do you make for your child, and what do you let them decide for themselves?  What defines a boy as a boy, or a girl as a girl?

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Education
11:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The Problem Of Adult Bullying

In light of the recent NFL bullying scandal where Richie Incognito's inappropriate locker room behavior landed him in the national spotlight, we explore the reality of adult bullying.

We talk about how prevalent adult bullying is, as well as how important it is for managers and supervisors to enforce anti-bullying policies in their workplaces. 

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Central Standard
8:03 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies?

Dr. Jared Diamond
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On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world. 

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Central Standard
4:10 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza

Hotel Sorella rooftop in Houston
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General Manager, Robert Leyva, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, Hotel Sorella, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area. 

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro

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Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.

The following area communities do have pit bull bans:

• Independence, Mo.
• Leawood, Kan.
• Liberty, Mo.
• Marion, Kan.
• Overland Park, Kan.
• Platte City, Mo.
• Prairie Village, Kan.
• Roeland Park, Kan.
• Shawnee, Kan.

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Central Standard
8:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support?

A case in Kansas will have jurors deciding whether a sperm donor should have to pay child support.
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A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William Marotta responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm.

The couple gave birth to a child, however,  when the child started receiving state aid, Marotta found himself being sued by the state for thousands in child support.

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Central Standard
4:24 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Groups Organize Counter-Protest In Response To Neo-Nazi Rally

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The National Socialist Movement has scheduled a rally November 9 in Kansas City at the Jackson County Courthouse. The group calls itself a white civil rights organization, whereas watchdog organizations uniformly call it a hate group that is racist, anti-Semitic and dangerous.

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says that extremist groups have been growing since the start of the recession in 2008. He claims that in 2008 there were 149 extremist groups, whereas as currently there are over 1000. 

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Central Standard
9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials

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Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are increasing their economic presence and power. Companies are investing in research to understand this group, which makes up 25 percent of the U.S. population. There might be a lot we still don't know about this significant segment of society, but according to our experts, here's what we do know:

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Central Standard
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Using Music As Therapy

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Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment. 

We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process. 

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Central Standard
2:03 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy

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Boulevard Brewery grew from humble beginnings to be ranked 12th in the nation for craft beer companies. The Kansas City favorite announced October 17 that it had been sold to a 142-year old Belgian company called Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

When Boulevard Brewery founder John McDonald started his micro-brewery 24 years ago, he wasn't even thinking of an exit plan. His original business plan included 7,000 barrels per year and seven employees. He now produces 190,000 barrels and has 125 employees.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Creating Unique Halloween Costumes

One important lesson for picking the perfect costume is to use things you already have available--like a pregnant belly!
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Halloween isn’t just about the candy anymore. In some circles, it has become a creativity contest for adults and young people alike. With Halloween just around the corner, have you picked out your costume? Will you go for scary or sexy? Political or ironic? Classic or current? 

Host Elizabeth Alex talks with a local costume designer and a thrift store fashionista about how to construct your own home-made costume without going over-budget. And how to dress to impress this Halloween.

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Central Standard
2:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today?

An HIV infected T-Cell
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The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.

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Central Standard
5:33 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here

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It's starting to actually feel like fall. Daylight is slipping away sooner, mornings are brisk and nights are chilly. As the temperature starts to cool, leaves start to slowly change to those beautiful warm colors of yellow, orange and red and will soon fall to the ground. Critters scamper about preparing for who knows what kind of winter. From bird migrations, strange insects, frog populations and more, autumn is certainly making her place in Kansas City. 

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Sex Addiction?

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Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Measuring The Impact Of Food Stamp Cuts

Kansas’ new rules for food stamp recipients require them to work or participate in a job training program if they are able-bodied and have no dependents. They’re actually federal requirements that were in effect from 1997 until 2009, but were waived across the country when the recent recession hit.  

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Central Standard
9:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Sister Cities: Kansas City's Distant Relatives

Look familiar? This is La Giralda in Seville, Spain, the structure after which the tower in the Country Club Plaza is modeled. Seville is one of Kansas City's sister cities.
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Most cities and towns have a sister city--another place across the globe that they’ve established a relationship with. The concept of Sister Cities, or twin towns originated after World War II to create cultural and commercial ties between communities internationally. Kansas City has 13 sister cities. Morelia, Mexico just recently renewed its agreement with KC, making it Kansas City’s third Mexican sister. Other international sisters include Seville, Spain, Kurashiki, Japan, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and more.

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Central Standard
5:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Dust Bowl Images Bring Life To Those Affected

Vernon Evans (with his family) of Lemmon, South Dakota, near Missoula, Montana on Highway 10. Leaving grasshopper-ridden and drought-stricken area for a new start in Oregon or Washington., 1936
Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) Spencer Museum of Art

In the 1930's, farmers' extensive deep plowing of top soil in the great plains region displaced the natural grasses that normally kept the soil in place. That, in combination with a mix of drought and high winds led to dust storms creating a decade-long period known as the dust bowl that affected thousands of people. What was once a paradise for those moving west to farm the land became a desert-like environment and was later deserted by many settlers. 

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Central Standard
9:04 am
Tue October 1, 2013

How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City?

Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City.
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The federal government of the United States has shutdown.  But, how long will the country go without money budgeted to run its government?

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Central Standard
5:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Local Fashion Show Keeps KC Fashion Scene Vibrant

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You may remember when Kansas City was the fashion center of the Midwest—in the 1930's buildings in the Garment District employed thousands of people and made clothing worn all over the country. It may have been 80 years since we had that stature in the world, but one annual event may slowly, but surely be putting our town back on the fashion map. KC Fashion Week starts Thursday, October 3rd and has events through Sunday, October 6th.

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Central Standard
9:46 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Buying A Home In Today's Market

Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

It’s the most important investment—and the largest asset—that most people will ever make and own. It’s volatile in price, difficult to manage, and subject to sudden and total loss. For many, it’s also their hope of a secure future. 

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Central Standard
6:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

App Development In Kansas City

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Imagine you go to the doctor's office, and instead of being handed a clipboard with the usual paperwork, they hand you a tablet. You fill in all of the information digitally and send it via the tablet to their office database. Then, with that same tablet, you have a list of digital magazines to browse instead of making a trip to the magazine stand. Suddenly, the paper trail you used to leave during your doctor's visit has been made completely digital. With new app technology, this could become the norm in many business settings.

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