KC execs: ‘We need to do everything in our power’ to keep women in tech

Four Kansas City executives shared lessons from their careers as female entrepreneurs and how to raise the next generation of leaders. During the Tuesday panel, Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, shared sobering statistics as the number of female engineering students has begun to stagnate nationally.

“We can’t get the engineers we need in this country with the same numbers,” she said. “We could be 1 million behind by 2020.”

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10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Flooring

Wood floor is possibly the most popular flooring choice in homes these days. The ability to easily clean and maintain is just too tempting to resist. Except that installing wood flooring in your home can end up costing you a pretty penny by the end. And we all know that you shouldn’t default to linoleum if you don’t have to. So what is the happy middle flooring option after we consider all the factors? You’ll find the answer in bamboo flooring. It looks like wood flooring without the cost which is a win for you and your home. Take a look at these 10 reasons to love bamboo flooring and get ready to replace your current flooring with this natural beautiful option.

Modern homes benefit well from a very light flooring to keep things feeling airy against your inky furniture and accents. Go for the lightest bamboo you can find and you are sure to be pleased with the result in your modern space.

Light flooring can also be a great option for kitchens, no matter your style. Many kitchens don’t have much natural lighting so installing a light shade of bamboo flooring will help make your space feel brighter than it actually is which is never a bad thing.

Conversely, when you have lots of light furniture and light walls and natural light, you can get away with a darker floor. Don’t let it intimidate you. It will make your space seem grounded and interesting, rather than going with all light colors.

Do you lean towards the redder shades of wood in your home? Bamboo flooring can give you that too. Light or dark or somewhere in between, a red wood lookalike will satisfy all your hardwood dreams and save you money doing it.

Kitchen contermporary design with chery bamboo floor

Sometimes the best looking non-wood flooring is the kinds that has more variation, rather than less. This cherry-like bamboo flooring has the light and dark grains that a real wood floor would have so no one but you will ever know the difference.

Contemporary kitchen with variation of bamboo floor

Of course it doesn’t have to be red to have the same effect on your space. A high contrast variation flooring will give your room that rustic feel which is exactly what you want in your farmhouse. Just opt for the cheaper bamboo version for similar results on a budget.

In today’s design trends, we do see a lot of gray wood flooring paired with many different styles. Whether you have a modern living room to cover or a rustic kitchen or even a contemporary bedroom, the gray bamboo flooring will satisfy all your hardwood floor needs.

Let’s talk about dusty brown. It’s not really brown and it’s not really gray, but it’s a lovely in between. Bamboo flooring offers that shade too which makes a great option for the contemporary home looking for a bit of warmth.

Many older homes already have wood flooring on the lower levels but there is a worry about what to choose when you take advantage of the attic space. Look for a bamboo floor that is extremely close to your existing wood floor for the streamlined feel.

Bamboo flooring isn’t only for our flat surfaces. You can install it up the stairs too! So there is no worry about your multi level home feeling pulled together. Your bamboo floor can do that for you.

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Recipe of the Day: Ree's 5-Star Pan-Fried Pork Chops | Food Network

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Ree fries up slightly spicy pork chops for her family on calf-working day.

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Pan-Fried Pork Chops
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
Total: 25 min
Active: 25 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy


1 teaspoon seasoned salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
8 pork breakfast chops
1 cup all-purpose flour
Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon butter
Smashed new potatoes, for serving


Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.

Combine the flour and some cayenne, salt and black pepper. Dredge each side of the pork chops in the flour mixture, and then set aside on a plate.

Heat the canola oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted and the butter/oil mixture is hot, cook 3 pork chops at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook until the chops are golden brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes (make sure no pink juices remain). Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork chops.

Delicious and simple! Serve with smashed new potatoes.

Copyright 2012 Ree Drummond, All Rights Reserved

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Cerner hosts tribute to late co-founder at annual conference

Dick Flanigan, president of Cerner Corp.’s health services, remembered when he got the call early one morning in 2014.

“Flanigan, are you busy?” late CEO, Neal Patterson, said over the phone.

Flanigan, like any employee, began hastily listing off the projects he had been working on. Then he realized his boss’s boss probably had something else in mind.

Patterson explained that Cerner had the opportunity to acquire Siemens Health Services and asked whether Flanigan would help lead that new…

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Breaking up may not be so hard to do (if it comes to that for Sprint/T-Mobile)

As Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. steam toward an agreement to combine — reportedly by the end of October — it appears that should the merger train derail, neither side will be forced to cough up cash.

FierceWireless reports that a breakup fee apparently isn’t part of the pact, minimizing the risk for Overland Park-based Sprint (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile (Nasdaq: TMUS).

On Friday, Bloomberg reported that the two sides were in the homestretch of making a deal. All that was left was to agree…

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