Eric Adler, The Kansas City Star

Eric Adler

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

‘I’m f***ing blind?!’ Missouri teen learns her fate, but a mystery lingers

A mystery illness robbed Jordyn Walker of her sight. Now the Smithville, Missouri, teen must go to the Kansas State School for the Blind to relearn the basics: walking, reading, eating, even playing baseball. → Read More

Bleeding from her eyes, Missouri teen’s illness mystifies doctors and captivates world

Jordyn Walker almost died in 2017 when her face and body swelled and bled from a mysterious illness. In December it struck again, changing everything for this teen and her family in Smithville, Missouri. → Read More

Laughing in the dark, blind Missouri teen finds her way — and life-saving answers

Months after going blind, Jordyn Walker of Smithville, Missouri, might have a diagnosis. And she is finding her way in the dark, gaining control again. “A lot of times I don’t even notice I’m not seeing.” → Read More

‘I want it to be over.’ Despair descends on Missouri girl mysteriously struck blind

Ever since Jordyn Walker of Smithville, Missouri, lost her sight, a friend abandoned her in her blindness, strangers treat her as if she is invisible, jokes sting her from the shadows. Tensions build at home. → Read More

Massive tornado rips through Linwood, Kansas, destroying homes and keeping KC on edge

A tornado ripped through northeast Kansas Tuesday evening, leveling homes and other structures in one small community, as residents across the Kansas City area weathered the latest round of severe storms. → Read More

Damage reports come in from Lawrence, Bonner Springs after tornado hits NE Kansas

After a tornado ripped through northeastern Kansas Tuesday evening, reports of damage came in from the cities of Lawrence and Linwood. The tornado warning for the Kansas City metro was canceled at 7:35 p.m. → Read More

‘Here we go again’: Is latest spate of tornadoes a new normal in Missouri and Kansas?

The last time the region had so many back-to-back tornadoes was in May 2003. With climate change, flooding and drought, what’s the long-term forecast for Missouri and Kansas, and the world? → Read More

‘The worst minutes of our lives’: Tornadoes strike fear across Missouri

Exactly eight years after the Joplin tornado, residents of the Missouri town took cover Wednesday. Joplin was spared, but tornadoes brought death and destruction to Jefferson City, Golden City and Carl Junction. → Read More

Former skating partner says KC’s John Coughlin sexually abused her when she was a teen

John Coughlin’s former figure skating partner Bridget Namiotka says he sexually abused her when she was a teen, during the years the two competed together. Coughlin, of Kansas City, hanged himself in January. → Read More

Public invited to Henry Bloch memorial at Nelson-Atkins. Here are the details

An overflow crowd is expected at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to pay tribute to Henry Bloch, the co-founder of H&R Block and Kansas City philanthropist. The memorial will be live streamed on Facebook. → Read More

Henry Bloch, scion of H&R Block empire and Kansas City philanthropist, dies at 96

Henry Bloch, the Kansas City philanthropist and founder, along with his late brother Richard, of the H&R Block tax preparation dynasty, died at 96. His legacy lives on at his company, UMKC, Nelson-Atkins, more. → Read More

Topeka Zoo names keeper attacked by tiger. Director says 3 friends ‘saved the day’

Topeka zookeeper attacked by tiger has been identified as Kristyn Hayden-Ortega. Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said she is doing well. → Read More

Tiger attacks keeper at Topeka Zoo

A male Sumatran tiger attacked and injured a female keeper at the Topeka Zoo Saturday morning. The keeper, awake when transported, was taken to a local hospital. Injuries are unknown. Visitors witnessed the attack. → Read More

Belton man, 38, shot on Grand Street dies early Saturday of his injuries

Belton police found a 38-year-old man shot and suffering critical injuries Saturday morning in the 300 block of Grand Street. He pronounced at local hospital. Release of his identity is pending notification of family. → Read More

Three people injured Friday night in two separate incidents. Both shot in their cars

Friday night shootings in Kansas City left at least two injured with bullet wounds. One victim was shot in a car at 63rd St. and Hardesty Ave. A second was shot in a vehicle at Interstate 35 and U.S. 71. → Read More

Independence couple charged in lifelong rape of 14-year-old girl with autism

A 14-year-old girl with autism was raped for years in the home of a couple from Independence, Missouri. Paula K. Stark and Steven S. Nelson were charged on multiple felony counts. → Read More

Tiger lacerated Topeka zoo keeper with punctures to head, neck, back

Tiger lacerated Topeka Zoo keeper, wounded with punctures to head, neck → Read More

Family who had everything stolen in move to KC gets an Easter weekend surprise

A day after the Holmes family moved to Kansas City, their U-Haul with all of their possessions was stolen from their hotel parking lot. An anonymous tip led police to find it in some woods off Bannister Road. → Read More

Family moved to Kansas City — 24 hours later U-Haul with everything they own is stolen

A young family who moved to Kansas City, hauling all their earthly belongings in a U-Haul, with their car in tow, woke up 24 hours later to find everything stolen — a theft they value at close to $40,000. → Read More

Former JoCo police officer abused as a child adopts three abused kids — her cousins

A former Prairie Village police officer, abused as a child, adopted her three abused cousins. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, will feature them at a fundraiser this week. → Read More