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Man, 18, arrested for stalking grocery store shopper

EDITOR’S NOTE: FOX 4 originally reported no weapons were found inside the car. On Wednesday (May 29), a victim involved in the incident said he had a knife.

LEAWOOD, Kan. — A recent graduate of Blue Valley North High School was arrested early Tuesday morning after a woman accused him of stalking her after she left the Price Chopper at 133rd & Mission Road around 11:00 p.m. Monday.

The woman said the man — identified as Eric Kaplan, 18, of Leawood, Kan., — walked toward the front of the grocery store as she was walking out, but he never went inside. Instead, she said Kaplan got back into his car and started following her.

The woman said she turned onto her street and made a loop in a cul-de-sac. When she passed Kaplan, she said he was now wearing a ski mask.

Kanrocksas Music Festival canceled

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Officials announced Tuesday the 2013 Kanrocksas Music Festival has been canceled for low ticket sales.

The event was scheduled for June 28 and 29.

“It’s disappointing,” said Pat Warren with the Kansas Speedway. “We’re working with Midwest Music Festival, who is the promoter for the event, that it just didn’t appear that ticket sales were going to be sufficient to justify moving forward so the decision was made to cancel.”

There are no plans for the event to be rescheduled.

All tickets will be refunded electronically, the Kansas Speedway said. If you purchased a ticket, you should receive an email Tuesday about the cancellation of the event and when you can expect a refund.

Tennis coach reveals he has MS

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park tennis coach found out years ago that he has a serious, chronic disease. Only now is he telling students and others in hopes they’ll see that multiple sclerosis is no match for the human spirit.

Tennis stroke after stroke, there’s no hint of Anthony Perkins’ stroke of misfortune. It hit him six years ago on the court.

“I suddenly felt the left side of my face drop and get very numb as well as my legs, arms, all down my left side,” says Anthony.

He was soon diagnosed with MS, a disease that breaks down the covering on nerve fibers and can take away balance and movement. After moving to the metro four years ago, the coach at the Midtown Athletic Club kept his diagnosis a secret from students and most co-workers. He figured he looks fine.

Mo. senator tours businesses forced to cut jobs due to Affordable Care Act

KANSAS CITY — Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is touring businesses that he says may cut jobs because of the implementation of health care reform. A linen supply company says the federal Affordable Care Act will cost it more than $200,000 a year, money the company says it can’t afford to spend.

Superior Linen & Supply provides clean linen to doctors’ offices and hospitals. One of its biggest clients is Liberty Hospital, which just recently announced $20 million in cuts because of lower government payments that are part of health care reform.

Liberty Hospital already has asked Superior to cut its costs, meaning this small business is doing the same amount of work for less money. And while the firm brings in less, it’s being forced to pay more for health coverage for its 70 workers.

The president of Superior says a $3,000 per worker annual penalty or $400 per month in premium increases is unaffordable and punitive.

Nervous stomachs, as national spelling bee begins in D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Among the 281 spellers practicing for Tuesday’s preliminaries in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is Vanya Shivashankar, a sixth-grader at California Trail Middle School in Olathe.

Vanya has been at the nationals before.  Click here to learn more about Vanya and her spelling history.

This year is a little different– and perhaps more difficult- for Vanya and other spellers because in addition to correctly spelling the given words, the contestants have to know what the word means, too.

This is the first time in its 86 years that the competition has introduced a vocabulary component.

It will count for 50% of a speller’s overall score and will help determine which competitors take part in the semifinal and championship rounds.

Father`s Day Gift: The Man Cave

Want to wow the father in your life this Father’s Day? Home Depot shares some do-it-yourself tips that will spruce up any man’s man cave.

Call it whatever you want. Man cave, manspace, mancutary …whatever it is, it`s dad`s special place away from the rest of the house. It`s easier than you think and a thoughtful gift that says to dear, old Dad ‘I love you, and you can run away from us now.’

Step 1: ID the Space
The optimal man cave is secluded, has a lockable door and is 100 percen Dad`s to own and decorate. Examples include garages, basements, dens, attics or for the bookish types, studies. When locating Dad`s man cave, consider this: it`s his to own, decorate, use and entertain however he chooses. He will clean it (or not) how he sees fit, although you can encourage him with a cool wet/dry vacuum.

Mother honors and remembers son’s ultimate sacrifice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Liberty Memorial’s special Memorial Day ceremony honored people who have served, are still serving and those who died for their country. They also honored the Gold Star Mothers who have lost sons in combat.

One such mother, Debbie Collins, says it meant a lot to her to honor her son Cale Miller, although she says he would be embarrassed by all the attention. She says he’s probably the one who sent the rain, because he was always a prankster. But he was always the sunshine in her life.

At the ceremony, his name is read aloud: Pfc. Cale Miller. His life summed up in a few words: athlete, musician, student. He graduated from Olathe Northwest. He loved his dogs and fast cars and the Army. One year ago, he was killed in combat in Afghanistan by an IED.

Debbie says she was shocked when her son came home from college one day and said he’d decided to join the Army.