Just before her 40th birthday, Yolanda Commack found a lump in her breast. The day of the procedure to have it removed, she was explicitly told not to lift anything. She wasn't fazed. In fact, she went right back to work building trucks at a Ford plant.
When she went in for the results, her doctor asked her whether she wanted the good news or the bad news first. She asked for the good news.
He said, "The good news is, your stitches are ready to come out."
That's how she found out she had breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer, to be specific.
Friday is the day almost every school district in Missouri waits for all year. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on Friday morning released its yearly evaluation of schools and districts in Missouri.
More like tax day than Christmas, the results produce winners and losers.
Kansas City Public Schools found out three weeks ago that it moved up to provisional accreditation. DESE bases its entire assessment on a complicated 140-point scale, based on everything from academic achievement to graduation rates and classroom growth year to year.