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SAFETY DANCE: The AP's Bill Draper noted K.C. officials have "spent several months coordinating with local, state and federal agencies and the U.S. Army to make sure tens of thousands of baseball fans who come to the city will be safe." A delegation of K.C. police officers "traveled to Phoenix last year" for the '11 All-Star Game. The department also "tested its security plan at the city's St. Patrick's Day parade and in an exercise in April at Kauffman Stadium." City police have "worked with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and several other agencies to create its game plan." K.C. Police Major Rich Lockhart said that the Univ. of Foreign Military & Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, "which normally reviews battle plans for the U.S. Army, has examined the security plan and found it to be sound." MLB VP/Security & Facility Management Bill Bordley is "impressed with the security measures that are in place." Unlike last year's game in Phoenix, where most events "were consolidated in a fairly tight geographical area downtown, Kansas City is playing host to activities scattered around town, including in some impoverished neighborhoods where residents say it's best if outsiders are gone by dark." Bordley: "It's not a problem or a challenge that hasn't been dealt with before. The commissioner makes a concerted effort to reach out to all parts of the community and wants to create a family-friendly environment throughout the city" (AP, 7/9).