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Olympian Ambrosi believes softball belongs in future Olympiads

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  For women in sports, the Olympic Games are the pinnacle of performance. The next Olympiad in 2016 will go off without softball, which was recently voted out of the games.

“If your shoulders are straight, the ball will go straight,” said former Olympian Christie Ambrosi.

It’s simple yet meaningful advice that keeps students coming back to Ambrosi. They trust her guidance because they know she’s been there. Ambrosi is hammering out softball’s future, giving dozens of lessons each week at her Overland Park facility.

The game is second nature to Ambrosi. The Blue Valley Northwest graduate helped the USA win gold on the diamond in 2000, when the games were played in Sydney.

“I get down on their level and I explain it really well so that they understand,” Ambrosi explained. “They know I’ve been there, so that makes a difference.”

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Top cop in Overland Park retires after 41 years of service

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – It was a bittersweet occasion. Overland Park`s Police Chief retired after 41 years of service on Thursday. He said he`d been planning his retirement since January. Now, he looks ahead to the next chapter in his life, one where he`ll help protect local children. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell has the full story in the video.

Underwood’s decision to be an organ donor will provide life from his death

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Reat Underwood might have died tragically in the shootings at the Jewish Community Center, but even in his death, he will continue to touch many lives to come. At only 14 years old, Underwood was an organ donor. It was an act honored at the interfaith service Thursday morning. FOX 4’s Judy Le has the full report in the video.

People of all faiths gather to pay respects to shooting victims

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Not far from where a gunman shot and killed three people on Sunday, many gathered on Thursday. Inside the Jewish Community Center people of all faiths gathered to remember William Corporon, grandson Reat Underwood and the third victim Terri LoManno, who was gunned down at nearby Village Shalom.

FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien has full coverage from the service in the videos below.

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Silver Alert canceled: Missing 75-year-old Kansas man located

UPDATE: Donald Cook has been found and is in the hospital.

PRINCETON, Kan. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hopes someone can help them find Donald Eugene Cook, 75, who was last seen Wednesday, April 16 at his home in rural Franklin County.

Information provided in the Silver Alert says Donald Cook was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and was upset by the diagnosis.

He left his home at 836 Kentucky Road at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but did not tell his spouse where he was headed. Donald wears glasses. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing gray, baggy sweatpants, black tennis shoes and possibly a t-shirt, unknown color. He was wearing a black coat with pictures of horses on the back, and his name “DON on the front and “Cook’s Ranch” written on the back of the coat. He may have also been wearing a hat with KU or OU o the front.

Service touches hearts, proclaims strength in remembering Reat, William and Terri

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Interfaith Service of Faith and Healing held Thursday morning at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park was a moving service that helped the community and nation honor the three people killed Sunday, April 13; three people who were ‘lovers of life.’

“We need to love life, love faith, love people. For that is, I’ve read and heard, who Reat and Terri and William were. All lovers of life,” said Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff.

Jewish Community Center reopens to a line of supportive members

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — After being closed for two days, the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park reopened its doors to members Wednesday morning. It was closed since Sunday so police could investigate the shootings at the JCC and nearby at Village Shalom.

There was a line of people waiting to get in the at 5 a.m. Members wanted to get back into their routines and show support for the center. Marian Stevens has only been a member of the JCC since January, and she loves it. Despite the fact she doesn’t normally workout on Wednesdays, she said it was important to her to be here.

“I just felt, you know, you just need to show your support, not afraid to come back,” explained Stevens.

For those who might have been skittish, Overland Park Police are here around the clock. Greg Spencer isn’t afraid either. He says coming to the JCC is a family activity.