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Keeping Kansas City kids safe, and having fun, in the summer

Summer brings new challenges to making sure kids safe, busy, and away from violence — especially with youth homicides on track to set a record this year. One Kansas City club is trying to keep children and teens occupied with drum lines, movies and games. Plus: A collector who's determined to make Kansas City's antique fans cool again.

Homicide rates tend to rise when temperatures do, and Kansas City is having a particularly violent year. Summer reinforces the need to keep children away from guns and violence. With most students out of the classroom and many searching for things to do, Club KC is hoping to occupy kids and keep them out of trouble. KCUR's Celisa Calacal has the story.

In the days before air conditioning, many relied on electric fans to cool off. KCUR's Julie Denesha has the story of one local collector who's taking the time to restore fans that once cooled down travelers at Kansas City's Union Station.

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